Wachman's Verdict to show her True colours
True Verdict is napped to show her true colours in the juvenile fillies' maiden at Dundalk tonight on her reappearance following a below-par turn in July.
A runner-up in her first three starts -- including twice at pattern level, the second of which came behind the Moyglare Stakes winner Sky Lantern -- the David Wachman-trained filly pulled hard before dropping out tamely on her latest outing at Leopardstown.
She clearly was not herself on that occasion, and Wachman has given her time to overcome whatever it was that prompted such an uncharacteristic effort.
If True Verdict is back to her usual self, then her previous form is certainly enough to recommend her under Wayne Lordan in this company. Aidan O'Brien's One True Love is possibly the main danger in the 14-runner, seven-furlong affair.
On a card that sees Kevin Manning, Dave McCabe, Michael Hussey and the handler's daughter Ana share the Ballydoyle rides, Hussey is on One True Love, which improved to finish third here over a mile two weeks ago.
If she progresses again, she will doubtless be thereabouts, though the drop back in trip may not help her cause. If Hussey draws a blank on his two spins for O'Brien, he will have a chance at compensation on Captain Joy for Tracey Collins in the seven-furlong handicap.
Spirituality is the obvious danger here after obliging for Tommy Carmody and Luke Dempsey last week, but Captain Joy strikes as being slightly less exposed.
Successful here on his third start before Christmas, the three-year-old has had the same number of runs this year. Placed on each occasion, he finished a good second here at the end of September, so might be due his turn again now.
Pat Smullen could peg one back on the suspended championship leader Joseph O'Brien when he teams up with Joanna Morgan's Balmont Flyer in division two of the 10-furlong handicap, while Mick Halford is unlikely to depart the Co Louth venue without something. His Via Ballycroy and Certerach are fancied, the Conor Hoban-ridden Certerach appealing under just a 7lb penalty for his recent tidy victory here.