Monday 11 December 2017

Streetcar looks set to star for Oxx at Leopardstown

Jockey Declan McDonogh will team up with Streetcar To Stars for the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Jockey Declan McDonogh will team up with Streetcar To Stars for the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown. Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Streetcar To Stars is fancied to do its bit for the much lauded Classic generation by becoming the third three-year-old in 10 years to win the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown tonight.

Just five runners are set to vie for the €60,000 Group 3, but it is still a decent renewal. Jim Bolger's brilliantly versatile Chance To Dance steps back up to a more suitable 12 furlongs after being found out over a mile last time, while Eye Of The Storm is possibly the pick of the Ballydoyle two, though you couldn't discount El Salvador on its best form.

Down at the bottom of the page, Ger Lyons' three-year-old Roheryn returns for a first time since fending off Streetcar To Stars to score in Listed company here in June.

The daughter of Galileo should handle the slow ground and she receives weight from everything, but Streetcar To Stars might be the one to keep on side this time for the John Oxx-Declan McDonogh axis.

Thwarted by a nose on that occasion, the Sea The Stars colt went on to win a Curragh maiden in good style, drawing steadily clear of subsequent winners Annus Mirabilis, Sea The Lion and Bazaar over an inadequate 10-furlong trip. He will need to step up on that again to account for this field, but he has the scope to do so and will be happier over this distance.

Later on, Nina Carberry can deliver the day's nap aboard Oxx's Cailini Alainn in the qualified riders' maiden.

Ted Walsh's Leopardstown runner-up King Schultz and newcomers from the yards of Lyons and Aidan O'Brien could also have a say, but Cailini Alainn's effort to be second to Silwana at Galway looks the pick of the form at this stage.

In the juvenile maiden, Fethard-based Joe Murphy saddles the potentially smart Vert De Grece. Gary Carroll's mount kept on really well when second to Lyons' Convergence on its debut here in June, accounting for a couple of winners in the process, including Gleneagles, which went on to beat Convergence in a Group Three at the Foxrock venue last month.

If Murphy's son of Verglas can build on that experience, he should take plenty beating this time.

At Sligo, rising star Johnny Burke has assembled a decent book of rides, with Via Del Corso, Rough Justice and Ellie Mia all well capable of prevailing in their respective heats.

Willie Mullins' Rough Justice has been frustrating over hurdles to date, but the drop in distance to two and a half miles for the Martinstown-sponsored maiden might suit.

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