Dermot Weld's Intisaab can prove to be a class apart
INTISAAB is the only horse that Dermot Weld saddles at either of tonight's two meetings and he is fancied to prevail for the Galway legend at Down Royal ahead of next week's Ballybrit gala.
Weld is in the midst of a fantastic campaign that will doubtless be further enhanced by next week's unique seven-day festival in the west.
Intisaab can do his bit in the meantime, with the seven-furlong Magners Berry Maiden that he contests a winnable race comprising just five runners.
Belts And Braces, Aru Cha Cha and Texas Rock have shown potential, but neither appeals as quite so useful a prospect as Pat Smullen's mount.
On its only other outing over six at Naas a month ago, the three-year-old gelding kept on to be a well-beaten third behind Cougar Mountain, a smashing prospect that was just three lengths behind Slade Power in the July Cup next time.
Intisaab has an entry in a maiden at Galway on Tuesday.
However, the suspicion is that he will be ineligible for that if he improves for this step up in trip, so he warrants the nap vote.
In the opening handicap over the minimum distance, James Nash's in-form team can strike with the Leigh Roche-ridden Shinyhappyjohn.
Beaten three lengths by the re-opposing Kano's Ghirl at Navan when he didn't see out the six-furlong trip well, Shinyhappyjohn has been placed on his only two tries over five this year.
Now, off seven-pound better terms with his Navan conqueror, he might be ready to get his head in front.
Galway-born Roche has some decent rides on the northern card, with Local Flier also tipped to take the later seven-furlong handicap under him for Tom McCourt.
Ger Lyons and Colin Keane could have a big say in a modest juvenile maiden over the same distance with Belle Et Bete, while the Aidan and Joseph O'Brien axis could collect with its representatives, Shell House and El Salvador.
A paltry three runners will vie for the €20,000 Her Majesty's Plate spoils, and the hat-trick-seeking El Salvador has the scope to overcome being wrong at the weights with both Manalapan and Sir Ector to score.
At the Ballydoyle trainer's home venue in Wexford, local handler Paul Nolan has two live contenders in Spring Awakening and Rising Altitude.
Rising Altitude has maybe the less obvious chance of the pair, but he will be fitter for his tame recent reappearance outing and he gets into the three-mile handicap hurdle off a fair mark under Kevin Sexton, a five-pound claimer at the top of his game right now.