Sunday 22 April 2018

Exemplar looks class apart for O' Brien

Aidan O'Brien's Exemplar looks worth a bet at the likely prices. Photo credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire.
Aidan O'Brien's Exemplar looks worth a bet at the likely prices. Photo credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire.

Johnny Ward

It rained when Galway faced Roscommon in Salthill yesterday, the visitors delighting in victory, and a little bit more is due before the latter county stages a Flat card this evening.

This is a fine race-track and the turnout for the Listed Lenebane Stakes is evidence of that, with Aidan O'Brien sending the 110-rated Exemplar to Connacht. He looks worth a bet at the likely prices.

The son of Galileo is probably next to a certainty if he can replicate the form of his third to Capri, which won the Irish Derby since, in the Beresford as a two-year-old on his second start. A doubt is raised by an ordinary run in the Dante on his reappearance, and this should reveal plenty.

The quirky Renneti takes his chance for Willie Mullins but a burden of top weight makes it tricky and he has his own ideas.

One winner from 14 runners is not inspiring for the sire Dawn Approach but perhaps Dawn Hoofer can become his second in the opening maiden. Jim Bolger can put a great deal of faith in an unproven stallion and victory here would be a boost for a sire that is in danger of becoming unfashionable.

Harry Rogers tends to target this track and Botanical Lady, which has won off this rating before, seems primed in the Property Partners Earley Auctioneers Fillies Handicap. Her second at Bellewstown was a fine run and she is drawn nicely in two.

Alans Pride is quite a likeable horse and certainly has been that in the market of late. A draw in six is fine for the son of Footstepsinthesand, which tends to race handy, and he has strong claims in the SuperValu's Roscommon Apprentice Handicap for Richard O'Brien, who is making a good impression.

The fillies' maiden can see the Sea The Stars-bred Breeze get off the mark. She is doing little wrong and this looks a winnable maiden for Fozzy Stack's mare.

The Roscommon Herald Handicap is a smart little race. Hyperdrive is a progressive sort and might complete the hat-trick but preference is for Auckland, which is getting better with experience and is extremely reliable.

The closing Lilac Rooms Maiden is up for grabs and preference here is for Flaming Sea, another offspring of Sea The Stars. Conor O'Dwyer's filly ran a fine race at Gowran last time, just beaten two and a half lengths, and this looks an easier race. Powersbomb could rate the main threat on this occasion.

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