Paddy Twomey is a trainer on the rise and he may have the answer with Show Of Stars in today’s Listed Hurry Harriet Stakes (5.20) at Gowran Park.
Twomey notched his first Group One success with the exciting La Petite Coco in this year’s Pretty Polly Stakes and the Tipperary-based trainer may add another pattern prize to his collection at the Kilkenny track.
Last seen when fifth in the Irish Oaks, Show Of Stars takes a significant drop in grade and moves back to her optimum trip with the Showcasing filly a value selection in a tricky race where Didn’thavemuchtodo seeks a hat-trick for Joseph O’Brien.
Sporting the famous green and gold hoops of JP McManus, Didn’thavemuchtodo is an unknown quantity after impressive victories at Naas and Killarney but this is a different kettle of fish and Show Of Stars can edge the finish under Chris Hayes.
Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien (right) has nominated the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend as the next target for his spectacular Phoenix Stakes hero Little Big Bear while the exciting Luxembourg is primed for a return.
The Group Three Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh this Saturday will see the son of Camelot make his eagerly anticipated comeback having been a leading Epsom Derby contender before injury forced him to the sidelines.
While one star is returning, another is departing Ballydoyle with Dee Stakes winner Star Of India finding a new home, with Harry Eustace overseeing his short transitional period in Newmarket, before heading to Australia.
The Galileo colt struck at Chester in May, with victory in that Listed contest enough to earn him a place on the Ballydoyle Derby team sheet for Epsom, where he was a disappointing 13th of 17.
That was Star Of India’s last outing for the Ballydoyle maestro and he will join trainer Annabel Neasham in the coming months with the Melbourne Cup a possible target for new connections later in the season.
Eustace is playing the role of landlord for now, though, and the Royal Ascot-winning handler can run the horse in his name while he spends his summer at Park Lodge Stables if he sees fit. He has already highlighted a pair of Group Three options, but the Great Voltigeur Stakes is off the cards despite the colt being entered for it.