Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Evie ready to live up to 'Kool' pedigree for Lynam at Naas

Evie Be Kool gets the nap vote at a lively quote in the Denis Byrne Memorial Apprentice Handicap. (Stock photo: Getty Images)
Evie Be Kool gets the nap vote at a lively quote in the Denis Byrne Memorial Apprentice Handicap. (Stock photo: Getty Images)

Johnny Ward

Many a brother or sister has struggled with perennial envy due to that star member of the family - but eventually found his or her place in life.

They say, or at least many in racing have often said, that Elvis' brother had not a note in his head. And there is the chance too that tonight's nap is simply not very good. She may not even be good enough to snare a handicap off a relatively modest rating of 72 - such is her task this evening.

Evie Be Kool may or may not appreciate that her full brother is Kool Kompany, one of the fastest horses sired by the late stallion Jeremy. On his third start, he won a Listed race at Naas, and was later Group One-placed for Richard Hannon.

It is difficult to see Kool Kompany's sister going on to achieve anything like that but she is in that venue that was kind to her brother, Naas, this evening and gets the nap vote at a lively quote in the Denis Byrne Memorial Apprentice Handicap.

This grey was an eye-catching fifth on her debut, also at Naas, when with Joe Murphy last year. On that form, she can quite probably win tonight's race, and after two moderate maiden efforts she again took the eye at Gowran last time, not knocked about in a pretty strong handicap when sent off a big price.

Evie Be Kool is also a full sister to Prussian Eagle, twice a winning handicap hurdler and a handicap winner on the level. The stamina levels of Evie Be Kool are likely somewhere between that of her two siblings.

The ally of the backer here is her potential to improve for the excellent and in-form trainer Eddie Lynam, who has booked Oisin Orr, a fine young rider. Another ally is the doubts about the opposition generally.

A first-and-last-race double for Aidan O'Brien and Coolmore looks quite possible. It was a little disappointing that Butterscotch could not finish off the job on her second start at Fairyhouse, yet she ran a sound race, while the reversion to a mile can suit Pocketfullofdreams, which has a rating of 97.

While one must accept that Pocketfullofdreams has had plenty of chances, she has kept very good company: notably, she was second, well-clear of third, when running from the front in a Lingfield Trial for the Oaks. It will be disappointing should she fail to go close.

Doonard Prince might put some moderate efforts behind him in the sprint handicap for Ross O'Sullivan. A three-time course-and-distance winner, he can certainly run a nice race under Shane Foley, who can double up in the next aboard Michael Halford's Yulong Xionghu.

The big one tonight is the Listed Queally Group Irish EBF Naas Oaks Trial. An open renewal likely to found a lively betting heat, it could go to the maiden winner Bloomfield. The stiff finish can suit the Teofilo-bred, which handled soft ground nicely on her Curragh debut when winning comfortably for Willie McCreery.

The Two-Mile-House Parish Handicap is quite a tricky event, but the Michael Halford-trained Claregate Street has obvious claims if she can handle the ground. Foley, who has a nice book of rides, takes over from apprentice Conor McGovern.

Irish Independent

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