Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 17 September 2019

'Precious' to prove her class for Ballydoyle

'Harrington has been in scintillating form this season with an exceptional crop of two-year-olds and the Moone, Co Kildare handler has another fine prospect in Windracer, which scored on debut at the Curragh last month.' Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images
'Harrington has been in scintillating form this season with an exceptional crop of two-year-olds and the Moone, Co Kildare handler has another fine prospect in Windracer, which scored on debut at the Curragh last month.' Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

There are a lot of decent reputations being put on the line in tonight's Group Three Silver Flash Stakes (6.55) at Leopardstown as the all-conquering Aidan O'Brien targets a staggering 11th victory in the €60,000 contest.

The Ballydoyle maestro has three challengers but Precious Moments boasts the best available form despite still being a maiden after three runs, and her Group Two second at the Curragh last time out sets a high bar.

Precious Moments - which ran smartly when fifth in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot prior to that - looked the winner before Jessica Harrington's exciting filly Albigna swooped late and the daughter of Gleneagles will take some stopping.

Harrington has been in scintillating form this season with an exceptional crop of two-year-olds and the Moone, Co Kildare handler has another fine prospect in Windracer, which scored on debut at the Curragh last month.

She just touched off O'Brien's Love - which went one better to score on her next run and re-opposes today - with the pair pulling clear and she looks above average in what could turn into an intriguing duel.

Ger Lyons' debut course winner One Last Look and Joseph O'Brien's emphatic Fairyhouse scorer Unforgetable add some depth but Precious Moments has already shown her class on the track and should get off the mark under Ryan Moore.

O'Brien has been similarly dominant in the Group Three Tyros Stakes (7.30) landing the last five renewals and Curragh maiden winner Armory is likely to carry a lot of support having scored on her second racecourse appearance.

He could only muster third on debut behind Lyons' Justifier, however, and the pair renew rivalries with Colin Keane's mount given the vote to confirm his superiority and build on that display, while Mick Halford's Zarzyni - which started with victory at Gowran Park - may be caught out by the significant rise in class.

Six go to post in the Listed Vinnie Roe Stakes (8.30) with much expected of English raider Nate The Great for Archie Watson and Hollie Doyle as the Lingfield Derby Trial third tries to open his account for the season against a trio of O'Brien runners.

This is an open affair with each of the sextet holding realistic claims and Dermot Weld's Masaff may prove the value. If Chris Hayes' mount bounces back to anything like his two-year-old form, then he can take the spoils.

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