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Teolane can fend off stiff competition at Naas

A pair of Listed juvenile events take centre stage on today's Flat card at Naas, with Jim Bolger bidding for his third win in four years in the most valuable race on offer.

Bolger's Leopardstown scorer Teolane tackles eight others in the €43,875 Coolmore Stud EBF Fillies' Sprint. The daughter of Teofilo faces no easy task, but ought to prevail, having slammed the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt Secretary Of State last time.

Naseem Sea, which finished second to Choir -- another Ballydoyle colt -- over course and distance in May, could be one of the main dangers, along with Crimson Sunrise. The latter, representing Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen, is an improver that beat some useful sorts, including today's rival Homecoming Queen, at Navan recently.

O'Brien, who trains Homecoming Queen, probably has a better chance in the preceding Rochestown Stakes with Raphael Santi. That one got its act together to win in facile fashion at the third attempt at Gowran Park in May, beating the subsequent winner Blue White Fire into third in the process.

Still, he faces stiff opposition now, and may struggle to cope with Requinto. Wayne Lordan's mount, sporting Michael Tabor's colours for David Wachman, finished a length behind Raphael Santi when third on his debut at Leopardstown.

On that occasion, Raphael Santi had the benefit of a run, so it was no surprise to see Requinto progress to win comfortably over five furlongs at Cork next time. With Reply, third then, collecting by four lengths at the Curragh since, Requinto's form reads well.

Earlier, Rose Bonheur can take the Owenstown Stud Stakes. This seven-furlong contest is another Listed race, one that sees Glor Na Mara bid to finally get off the mark.

In nine starts, Jim Bolger's colt has never competed in anything less than Pattern company. If he runs up to the level that saw him placed in two Group Ones last year, he should go close, but Rose Bonheur is more appealing at the moment, having not been disgraced when sixth in the 1,000 Guineas.

On the day's jumping card at Listowel, Catcherinscratcher is the nap selection in the opening maiden hurdle. Dual bumper winner Sallyanka is one of a number of other able mares lining out here, but Catcherinscratcher can make her experience count.

In the latest of four starts over flights, Henry de Bromhead's six-year-old ran around in the latter stages before keeping on for second. With third home Lisrenny Lady since winning, that form has held up, so Davy Russell's mount may be hard to beat.

Our Victoria is also fancied under Russell in the beginners' chase. This two-mile-three-furlong heat is likewise confined to mares, and there are few more capable in training at this time of year than Colin Bowe's charge, which has already accumulated two point-to-points, a bumper and a maiden hurdle.

In the hunters' chase, Annacarton, with Katie Walsh up, should win. A fall at Cork on his penultimate outing is the seven-year-old's only blip in his last four starts.

Irish Independent