Wachman can continue purple patch and blaze Trail in Gowran opener
DAVID Wachman enjoyed a fine weekend at the Curragh and his purple patch should continue at Gowran Park this evening.
Fresh from saddling Sudirman to land the Railway Stakes and sending out Galileo Rock to finish runner-up in the Irish Derby, Wachman has a strong hand in the seven-furlong maiden.
Both his entries – Burren Trail and Harpist – command respect, the former bidding to go one better than a Limerick maiden and the latter aiming to make up for failing to justify favouritism at Leopardstown.
The frustrating Aidan O'Brien-trained One True Love, Jim Bolger's Midfield General and Andrew Oliver's lightly-raced Sticks And Stones all possess claims but Burren Trail gets preference in the belief this daughter of Shamardal is still improving.
Wachman also has decent prospects with the unraced No Wunder in the juvenile maiden, but it's hard to oppose O'Brien's fellow debutant Indian Maharaja.
Joseph O'Brien's mount is a son of former Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Again, and provided he's not too green on his debut, he should take the spoils in a race in which his handler has a fine record.
Irish Derby-winning trainer Jim Bolger's Neophilia looks the one to be on in the Jerpoint Handicap. Like his Derby hero Trading Leather, this filly is out of Bolger's former star juvenile Teofilio and on the evidence of her fourth to Paynes Find at this venue in May, Kevin Manning's mount will thrive in the step-up to nine-and-a-half furlongs.
The Coolcullen handler also has claims of landing the card's feature contest, the Gowran Gathering Wednesday August 14th Handicap, in which he relies on Morning With Ivan which has visited the winners' enclosure three times this term.
But a chance is taken on Bensoon which won over course and distance on its seasonal debut.
Michael Halford's inmate then finished fourth at Leopardstown before being ignominiously left at the start on its scheduled hurdling debut here last Sunday week.
Halford now resorts to applying cheekpieces on the son of Refuse To Bend in the hope it will do the trick.