Wednesday 21 February 2018

Queens can keep Stack yard firing

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Tommy Stack, whose team remains in typically rude early-season health, can saddle Queens Visit to land the nap selection in this evening's opening fillies' maiden at Clonmel.

A staying-on fourth over a mile on its only previous outing behind Absolute Crackers at Cork, her form has been franked by the third and fifth home, Oonagh and Ahimsa, since winning.

Significantly, that display suggested that a full 10 furlongs would be ideal for the daughter of Authorized, and she is preferred over Quick Glimpse to post what would be a timely triumph ahead of this weekend's cross-channel royal celebrations. Fourth to Montebell at Cork on her only start, Dermot Weld's representative is going the other way, having competed over 12 furlongs that day.

While the shorter distance will probably help Quick Glimpse's cause under Pat Smullen, she didn't strike as being particularly progressive, in stark contrast to Wayne Lordan's eye-catching mount.

Weld and Smullen might gain compensation with No Such Number in the older horses' edition that follows.

The three-time bumper winner Donatis Comet is feared on the back of an encouraging turn at the Curragh, but No Such Number, fifth over a mile and a half at Dundalk first time out, is bred to be the pacier of the two over 10 furlongs here.

In the handicap over the same trip, South South West, third in testing going at Gowran Park last time, could have a say for Pat Flynn and Danny Grant on this quicker ground, while Edward O'Grady and Barry Geraghty are expected to deliver with their only two contenders later on.

Crocus Bay and Tugboat have little enough to beat in their respective maiden hurdles, and both are fancied to oblige.

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