Monday 23 October 2017

At First Sight spearheads strong list of Irish raiders

Damien McElroy

Epsom Derby runner-up At First Sight and highly regarded Ballydoyle stable companion Lillie Langtry spearhead a squad of 14 Irish runners for the penultimate afternoon at Royal Ascot, where we struck gold yesterday with Rite Of Passage.

Beaten only by Workforce as a 100/1 chance in the English Classic, At First Sight tackles the King Edward VII Stakes over the same mile-and-a-half trip well ahead of re-opposing pair Buzzword and Bullet Train.

While fearing multiple winners Green Moon and Monterosso, Johnny Murtagh's mount has a fine chance here to register his first success of the season in this Group Two contest.

Backed up by stablemate Famous, Lillie Langtry has something to prove in the following Coronation Stakes.


This looks a high-class renewal of the day's solitary Group One affair, with English and Irish Guineas runners-up Jacqueline Quest and Anna Salai engaged in addition to Jim Bolger's Gile Na Greine and Music Show, both Classic-placed as well.

French raiders have been faring well all week, so it might be folly to write off consistent Evading Tempete with Olivier Peslier aboard, although don't be surprised if Anna Salai (nap) and Lillie Langtry are the principals.

Frankie Dettori takes over the reins on Godolphin's French import Anna Salai from Ahmed Ajtebi, who probably committed this filly too far out at the Curragh and was nailed right on the line by Pat Smullen on Bethrah.

The round mile here may prove too sharp for Newmarket third Gile Na Greine, but younger stable companion Radharcnafarraige is a speedy sort, which holds a favourite's chance of completing her hat-trick in the opening Albany Stakes.

Mikhail Glinka and Icon Dream step into the unknown trip-wise as the pick of the four Irish for the Queen's Vase over two miles, which could go instead to Corsica.

selections: 2.30 -- Radharcnafarraige; 3.05 -- At First Sight; 3.50 -- Anna Salai (nap); 5.0 -- Corsica.

Irish Independent

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