Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 16 December 2017

Emiyna can deliver for Oxx

Thomas Kelly

JOHN Oxx had high hopes for Emiyna this season, and while she didn't fulfil all those expectations, she looks worth a wager at Leopardstown this evening.

The Group Three Desmond Stakes gives Emiyna an ideal chance to make a winning return following her failure in the Irish 1,000 Guineas back in May.

Oxx's filly was sent off as short as 9/2 when tackling this one-mile trip for the first time at the Curragh and while very disappointing on that occasion, the subsequent break suggests something may have been amiss.

Ger Lyons' Minstrel Stakes runner-up Future Generation is another highly respected three-year-old, but he and the evergreen Duff will need to be at their best to beat Emiyna. Duff's trainer Edward Lynam saddles newcomer Choral Society in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, but she might just come on for the run.

Lady Wingshot, Pearl In The Sand and Silver Sycamore all look to have solid chances, but Aidan O'Brien's Ahimsa looks the one to beat. Ideally drawn in stall one, the Ballydoyle representative was fifth on her debut behind Fire Lily and then showed improvement when third to classy stablemate Maybe. Those credentials are impossible to ignore.

O'Brien should double up in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden with Mannheim, which failed to reward strong support at Galway, but unless Oxx's debutant Handazan is something special, the son of Galileo should strike at the third time of asking.

Michael Halford's Barrow Island might get rewarded for consistency in the Leopardstown Cup, while Candlehill Girl is the value option to outpoint Eddie Lynam's pair Diamond Daze and Jolie Jiconde in the finale.

At Tramore, Gordon Elliott has decent prospects of making more than one visit to the winner's enclosure during the course of the evening. The Ice Factor finished a respectable sixth in the opening juvenile hurdle of the season at Roscommon and with experience always a valuable commodity in these three-year-old contests, Davy Condon's mount gets the vote to beat Sixty Eight Guns.

Following her success at Perth, Brave Beauty is bidding for a four-timer in the Noel Cummins Bookmakers Hurdle. At the weights, the seven-year-old looks to have a tough task to beat Tawaagg and Takeyourcapoff, but with rain forecast for the Waterford venue, Paul Carberry's mount is worth keeping the right side of.

Traffic Article also has a favourite's chance of landing the novice chase for Elliott. The son of Definite Article was just touched off by Action Master at Kilbeggan five days ago, and provided he's none the worse for those exertions, the seven-year-old can prove too strong for Winston Churchill.

Another Elliott inmate, Cadeaux Fax, should attract support in the two-mile handicap hurdle, but Davy Russell is an interesting booking for Cut On The Bias, which was third to First Beauty at Naas, and this is worth noting.

Co Kilkenny-based Eoin Griffin sends Realt Den Chathair on the short trip down the road for the concluding bumper and Mike Fogarty's mount looks a worthy favourite on the basis of his fourth behind Saint Gervais at Galway.

Irish Independent

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