Saturday 16 December 2017

Lynam's Rocker can roll over rivals

Lynam: Can claim feature prize
Lynam: Can claim feature prize
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

EDDIE LYNAM can maintain what is proving to be a lucrative campaign for his Dunshaughlin yard by taking tonight's Dark Angel EBF Sweet Mimosa Stakes at Naas with Boston Rocker.

Having won the two races that they contested at the Curragh on Sunday, the English raiders could again have a big say in this six-furlong Listed event, with Mick Channon's Miss Lahar and Rae Guest's Minalisa.

However, Boston Rocker has been a model of consistency since winning a maiden at Fairyhouse last year, making the frame in seven of her last nine starts.

This term, she finished second to stablemate Gathering Power in a decent handicap over course and distance off a mark of 97 before filling the same spot behind Fiesolana in a Leopardstown Group Three, and the form of both races has held up well.

On Boston Rocker's most recent outing at Fairyhouse, she kept on for third behind the classy Ballydoyle import Sea Siren, so she appeals as nap material under Declan McDonogh in this company now.

Along with the two cross-channel contenders this is well contested, with Ballydoyle relying on the useful duo Snow Queen and Hanky Panky. David Wachman also reintroduces Mironica, a well-fancied winner here on her juvenile debut in 2012. Wayne Lordan's mount then disappointed twice at Ascot, but will surely prove much better than that in time.

McDonogh might also take the preceding Network Ireland Kildare Maiden on Swift Action for his boss John Oxx.

This is a pretty modest 10-runner affair, with Andy Oliver's Live Dangerously the only one of the seven that have run before to have ever made the frame.

Swift Action was fifth behind Royal Empress on her bow at the Curragh last month, but she shaped encouragingly there. If she improves for the experience, she might be good enough.

Aidan and Joseph O'Brien should take the Michael Higgins & Co-sponsored four-runner conditions race with the first-time visored Fortify, while Willie McCreery's Hurryupharriet gets the nod in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden over five furlongs.

Having run well to be fourth at Fairyhouse on her first two starts, Danny Grant's mount was a fine third to Sacred Aspect in a Tipperary Listed race last week. She showed bundles of speed there before just giving best late on to a couple of smart operators, so she looks ready to break her duck at a lower level now.

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