Tuesday 24 April 2018

Prescott's Prescription has right mix for Naas

Trainer Mark Prescott. Photo: Getty Images
Trainer Mark Prescott. Photo: Getty Images

Damien McElroy

Two English-based raiders have travelled to Naas to contest the featured Sweet Mimosa Stakes for fillies during their Beginners Night session, supported jointly by the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Gain Horse Feeds.

Long-established Newmarket trainers Mark Prescott and David Elsworth have nominated this Listed event over six furlongs as a suitable target for their charges -- Prescription, fresh from a similar victory at Nottingham, and Swiss Diva.

Prescription, which sports the colours of her high-profile breeders Cheveley Park Stud, is a daughter of their flagship stallion Pivotal in common with the often-placed Swiss Diva and Jim Bolger's course and distance scorer Kitty Kiernan.

This trio are bound to command market support to varying degrees along with Joanna Morgan's in-foal stable star Miss Gorica and particularly the Charles O'Brien-trained Bewitched, which won readily in this grade at Haydock Park.

Should heavy showers materialise as forecast overnight and the ground ease further, Bewitched would be in her element, even if she and Kitty Kiernan failed to come up to expectations behind Berg Bahn three weeks ago at Fairyhouse.

Although dropping back a furlong this time won't hinder the prospects of this pair in the least, the plum draw on the far rail and the courage she displayed when overcoming trouble in running at Nottingham sways me towards Prescription instead.

Bewitched's champion jockey Johnny Murtagh has a very attractive book of rides at this fixture and he could succeed on at least three of his six mounts, with the Ballydoyle trio of Fencing Master, Enchanted Forest and Tom Sawyer standing out.


Fencing Master -- which contested the English and Irish Guineas before running sixth to Afsare at Royal Ascot in the Hampton Court Stakes -- stands out when dropped significantly in class wearing first-time cheekpieces in the Naas Hurling Club Race.

The preceding mile maiden for juveniles looks tailor-made as well for Galileo's son Enchanted Forest, which posted a very promising debut at Gowran Park when chasing home stablemate Brittany following quite a troubled passage.

The Dansili colt Tom Sawyer probably has rather more to do from a wide draw if he's to succeed on his debut in the opening sprint for juveniles against Bintan and Natalisa, runners-up first time out here and at Fairyhouse.

Irish Independent

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