Lynam's Soffia out to foil raider as Comer heads Stateside
With the all-conquering Aidan O'Brien not represented in tonight's Group Three Ballyogan Stakes (7.10), opportunity knocks for a host of others to fill the breach at the Curragh.
The English challenge is formidable with Mick Channon - who won this contest three years ago - saddling Dan's Dream, while Kevin Ryan also sends over the three-year-old Queen Jo Jo in search of the €63,000 pot.
Dan's Dream was just touched off by O'Brien's Happen in a similar event at the Kildare track last month and sets the standard, although there are worries that the best form of the Cityscape filly is over further than 6f.
Willie McCreery has a live contender in Listed winner Lethal Promise but this may go the way of Eddie Lynam's Soffia with the step back up from the minimum distance no hindrance after scoring at Listed level in Naas on her last start.
The Listed Silver Stakes (7.40) sees the return of Willie Mullins' Riven Light and Colin Keane's mount may come on for the run in an open affair where O'Brien is double-handed with Old Glory and recent Navan maiden winner Pacific Ocean.
Richard Hannon sends over Leroy Leroy while Jessica Harrington's The King sets the standard despite struggling to get his head in front.
Further afield, Meath trainer/owner Luke Comer sets his sights on glory in the US. Fresh from landing a Group Two in Germany last month, Raa Atoll tackles the Grade Two Belmont Gold Cup Invitational Stakes (10.48) as the property tycoon bids for the biggest success of his training career in the €350,000 contest.
Elsewhere, Classic-winner Jeremy Noseda is to retire from the training ranks in the near future having seen his numbers dwindle significantly.
Noseda - who trained Sixties Icon to land the 2006 English St Leger - insists "the time is right to walk away" from the sport but there are "no immediate plans for the future".
Meanwhile, Dermot Weld's Rakan battled well to justify favouritism in last night's featured King George V Cup at Leopardstown.
In this three-horse Listed contest, Rakan took over from Barbados with a furlong and half to run and Chris Hayes kept the 8/11 market leader up to his work to prevail by three-parts of a length, with the same distance back to Eminent Authority in third.
The other Listed prize, the Glencairn Stakes, was won in convincing fashion by Jim Bolger's veteran Flight Risk (11/4 fav) under Kevin Manning.