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Odeliz has potential see off Gowran prize challengers


Trainer Karl Burke

Trainer Karl Burke

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Trainer Karl Burke

A PAIR of English raiders will bid to export tomorrow's Group Three at Gowran Park for a second year in a row.

Michael Stoute's Mango Diva plundered the lion's share of the €72,500 spoils 12 months ago and this time Karl Burke's Odeliz and Ralph Beckett's Regardez join six locals.

Brooch and Alive Alive Oh look to be the pick of the home team, with the three-year-old Brooch especially interesting as she bids to extend her unbeaten sequence to three.

Joseph O'Brien has gotten off his father's maiden Adeste Fideles to ride Regardez, which is no surprise based on form, as Beckett's filly has shown enough to suggest she can win a race of this quality yet. However, ODELIZ is the one to beat.

A Listed winner in France last autumn, she has yet to get her head in front this year, but rarely runs a bad race.

She was beaten less than a length by Mango Diva in a Curragh Group Two on her penultimate start, having previously run Thistle Bird close at Epsom.

At Sandown last time, Odeliz was beaten only by the classy French challenger Fintry, so this could be an opportunity for her to finally get off the mark for 2014.

The reigning champion jockey should take the opening juvenile fillies' maiden for Ballydoyle aboard TOGETHER FOREVER, a daughter of Galileo that had the quality to finish third behind Jack Naylor in a Curragh Listed race last time.

O'Brien's brother Donnacha might plunder his second career triumph on QUARTZ in the concluding conditions race, while Kevin Prendergast's AARED is fancied in the other two-year-olds' maiden.

An imposing son of Shamardal that got to within three-parts of a length of Ol' Man River at the Curragh on its second outing, Chris Hayes' handsome mount is clearly going the right way.

Irish Independent