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Harrington can call the tune with 'Voice' and Arora' to score


Trainer Jessica Harrington

Trainer Jessica Harrington

Trainer Jessica Harrington

The best is certainly saved until last in terms of the Irish action this weekend with the final two races at Naas and Leopardstown serving up some real treats and Jessica Harrington looks set to finish with a flourish.

The Moone handler is strongly represented at Royal Ascot today but the 73-year-old has some live chances closer to home at Naas where Punita Arora bids for back-to-back Listed triumphs in the Polonia Stakes (5.15).

The daughter of Sepoy came from the back to score impressively here 12 days ago and she returns to the Kildare track with a huge claims under Shane Foley rather than heading to Ascot for the Commonwealth Cup.

She cannot be underestimated given the huge strides she made over the winter and another victory is expected in today's three-year-old sprint with Joseph O'Brien's Lady Penelope also in the mix on her seasonal debut.

It's hard to see Harrington's Flash Gordon landing a blow in the Listed Sole Power Sprint Stakes (5.45), however, where Denis Hogan's 112-rated Make A Challenge sets a tall order for his seven rivals.

The Invincible Spirit gelding parachuted 46lbs up the weights last year with a remarkable progression before coming home fifth in the Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot last October and sixth in a valuable sprint in Doha earlier this year.

Joe Doyle's mount is forced to give away weight all around but Hogan, who will also have his eyes on star sprinter Sceptical at Ascot, should make the winner's enclosure once again as his charge looks a class above the rest.

It's difficult to rule out any of the eight runners in the Group Three Blue Wind Stakes (5.15) at Leopardstown tomorrow but Harrington has a rapidly improving type in the shape of One Voice, which has invaluable race fitness under her belt.

Just touched off by a stablemate in the Listed Salsabil Stakes at Navan earlier this month, there is plenty more to come from the Poet's Voice filly on just her fourth career start and Foley's mount is marginally preferred to prevail in a quality affair.

Dermot Weld's Amma Grace - winner of a maiden at the Foxrock track on her last start - is another to note while Ger Lyons' Yaxeni and Aidan O'Brien's Snow are also live contenders but Harrington may prove best.

The concluding TRI Equestrian Handicap (5.45) may also go the way of the Classic-winning trainer as Charcor became a much more consistent sort over the winter at Dundalk and the six-year-old should have this type of contest well within his grasp.

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