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Karezak looks banker material to make Oxx's trip to Tipp worthwhile


Trainer John Oxx

Trainer John Oxx

Trainer John Oxx

While John Oxx has endured a frustrating time with his highly regarded filly My Titania, his horses are running quite well and he is tipped to collect with Karezak at Tipperary tonight.

Gentry, Rayna and Hazaraba, the only three of the wily Currabeg handler's last 14 runners to return SPs of less than 4/1, have all won. The Aga Khan-owned Karezak is likely to be the only one of Oxx three runners this evening that will fall into that category.

The son of Azamour tackles 10 others in the 12-furlong maiden, having drawn well clear of the rest when second to John Constable on his Navan reappearance.

That constituted a considerable improvement on his two outings as a juvenile last term and he should be good enough to go one better under Declan McDonogh here if he makes average progression again.

Of the nap selection's rivals, Benny Blanco and Fog Of War are the main dangers, both having shown a reasonable level of ability already.

Johnny Murtagh has also been having a mixed time of things of late, but he could also get among the winners with Puck Fair in the juvenile maiden.

Battle Of Marathon could be the one to beat on its bow for Ballydoyle, but Puck Fair made a big impression when fourth to Coto on its debut at Naas.

The third, Icy Lady, has since won nicely back at Naas, while the sixth, Jeanne Girl, also obliged at the Curragh next time.

That gives the form a solid look, so Puck Fair should be sharp enough to score for Niall McCullagh now that it has the benefit of a run.

Aidan and Joseph O'Brien are expected to take the following sprint handicap with the unexposed three-year-old Masai, which didn't get the clearest of runs when fourth behind Gathering Power on its return at Naas towards the end of April.

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Over hurdles later on, another father-son partnership could get on the scoresheet when Tony and Danny Mullins combine for the promising German import Erlkonig in the maiden hurdle.

Eric McNamara's Irish Bulletin is the obvious threat, but Erlkonig appeared to have more ability on the Flat and his first-time second to Queen Alphabet at Kilbeggan was a commendable turn.

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