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Ballydoyle send Envoy to win war


War Envoy ridden by Joseph O'Brien. Picture: Caroline Norris

War Envoy ridden by Joseph O'Brien. Picture: Caroline Norris

War Envoy ridden by Joseph O'Brien. Picture: Caroline Norris

SOME decent types have contested the Fishery Lane Race in recent years with Dawn Approach a notable winner a couple of seasons ago and tonight at Naas it is War Envoy who is looking to book a trip to Royal Ascot for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

O’Brien admitted earlier in the week that he has endured a difficult start to the current campaign and he has so far been eclipsed by Dermot Weld and Jim Bolger in winners trained but he appears to be sending a strong team to Naas tonight and it wouldn’t be a major surprise to see him emerge with an opening race treble on the card.

War Envoy impressed when winning over the course and distance on his debut here at the back end of last month as he justified long odds on favouritism on that occasion.

Dundalk winner Cappella Sanservero is the only other winner in the seven-runner field but Ger Lyons’ colt was quite a facile victor when winningon the all-weather over five-furlongs just over four-weeks ago and it’ll be interesting to see how he progresses from that run and steps up to six-furlongs, while the Jim Bolger trained Intense Style and Mick Halford’s Godolphin owned newcomer Toscanini are the other interesting runners.

However, War Envoy seems to be a colt with a high reputation and he can enhance that here.

The opening Dragon Pulse EBF Fillies Maiden sees the second, third and fifth from a five-furlong maiden at the last Naas meeting all lock horns again and Timbuktu is the one selected to frank that form and instigate a possible O’Brien treble.

The daughter of Fastnet Rock was a half a length off Coto on her debut, with Ice Lady a further three parts of a length back and Queen Anne just over a further length back in fifth, and there’s little to suggest there will be any reversal to that here.

The last leg of a possible Ballydoyle three-timer later this evening is Due Diligence in the Woodlands 100 Club Handicap as the American recruit reverts to handicap company for this six-furlong contest.

The feature event on the card is the Group Three Blue Wind Stakes and it would be rare to see Dermot Weld leave a flat meeting without a winner at the moment and Tarfasha is given a tenative selection despite a lengthy absence. the Galway maiden winner has some good form and is just preferred to Dazzling.