Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Gary Carroll to land Nap on Verglas filly Nancy Rose

Gary Carroll
Gary Carroll
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

JOE MURPHY'S progressive Verglas filly Nancy Rose is the nap selection on a modest Ballinrobe programme today, writes Richard Forristal

Gary Carroll's three-year-old mount tackles the nine-furlong maiden after posting a career-best effort when just failing to get by Backdrop at Wexford earlier in the month.

Her short-head defeat there confirmed the promise that she had shown in her previous two Limerick starts this term behind Sparkle Factor and Afternoon Sunlight, respectively.

If Nancy Rose runs to that level or better now for her Fethard-based handler, she could be hard to beat, as she shouldn't be inconvenienced by the slow ground.

Dermot Weld's blinkered Zarawi is the main danger, having run respectably to be third on deep going on her Gowran Park bow.

However, she also wore headgear that day, which is slightly off-putting at such an early remove.

Lanyard, Weld's only other runner at the picturesque western venue, sports first-time blinkers in the three-runner fillies' race, but is fancied to get proceedings under way in style for the Curragh whiz.

With €16,000 up for grabs, the turnout for this mile-and-a-half contest is dire.

Aidan O'Brien's Dance With Another and Jim Bolger's Upper Silesian complete the field, and Dance With Another is the one most likely to trouble Lanyard, as she is just a pound inferior on official ratings.

Lanyard's top-rating of 86 has yet to be tested, but she relished the mud when winning readily at Listowel in the autumn.

She has also run well twice in defeat this term and the application of the blinds here along with the step up in trip is expected to prove key for Pat Smullen's partner.

Dalasiri also has plenty appeal in the following maiden. Sabrina Harty's dual hurdle victor has its first start on the Flat on turf in this long-distance contest.

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