Saturday 21 April 2018

Glastonbury Song can surprise for Lyons in 2,000 Guineas trial

Aidan O’Brien saddles both impressive recent Naas winner Orderofthegarter and Taj Mahal. Photo: Sportsfile
Aidan O’Brien saddles both impressive recent Naas winner Orderofthegarter and Taj Mahal. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Glastonbury Song could surprise some bigger names in a captivating Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes today.

One of the most promising sons of young stallion Casemento, Glastonbury Song was notably green on his only start in a back-end Dundalk maiden but still crushed his rivals.

A colt with plenty of physical scope, likely he can go on to good things this year.

This will test him for sure. Aidan O'Brien saddles both impressive recent Naas winner Orderofthegarter and Taj Mahal, which perhaps somewhat surprisingly is the mount of Ryan Moore.

A brother to Gleneagles, he showed limitations at two.

Aidan's son, Joseph, had his first Group One winner in the shape of Intricately - which returns in the Ballylinch Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial - last term. She was not disgraced later in the Breeders' Cup but this is a difficult assignment.

Wayne Lordan joined Ballydoyle this year and Winter, which he rode to a maiden win for David Wachman last August, could be a dark one.

She is one of four Galileo-bred fillies in the race trained by Ballydoyle and the market may underestimate.

There is little between Hydrangea and Promise To Be True, the mount of Moore, on juvenile form. Both figure prominently in the Classics betting this year.

The PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes has not had a major influence on the Epsom Derby in general for some time but that was not the case last year, Harzand going on to glory there.

Perhaps Yucutan is not good enough to win the Derby but he has the class to take this trial.

Out of a really smart mare in Six Perfections, this is a straightforward colt, and it would be no surprise if he had too much swagger for nine rivals here, though Capri - the mount of Seamus Heffernan - rates an obvious threat.

The nap vote goes to Katiymann in the nightcap, as he is almost certainly well-handicapped.

The big attraction at Naas tomorrow is Alice Springs in the Group Three Gladness Stakes, normally run at the Curragh. 

Given Gordon Lord Byron is no longer the horse he was, this is at the mercy of Alice Springs, for all that Blue De Vega may be a bit more forward than her.

Ryan Moore comes over to ride last year's Matron winner at Leopardstown, a win that preceded another excellent success in the Sun Chariot at Newmarket.

Air Pilot raids in the Dr Vincent O'Brien Centenary Alleged Stakes.

As the naming suggests, it is 100 years since the great man was born.

No doubt his namesake Aidan would like to win the race but US Army Ranger is a shade frustrating and the selection has solid claims.

Ezanak gets the nap vote for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen in the ten-furlong handicap. He looks a stakes horse in a handicap. Tramore, meanwhile, stages a jumps card.

Irish Independent

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