Sunday 17 December 2017

Wild Wind ready to whip up a storm for O'Brien at Killarney

Thomas Kelly

Aidan O'Brien is hoping Wild Wind will add just a second career victory to her CV in the Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes at Killarney this evening.

Despite her moderate strike rate, the Danehill Dancer filly has produced several smart performances, notably when third in the French 1,000 Guineas, and she wasn't beaten far in the Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary last week.

She was ahead of the re-opposing Royal Blue Star on that occasion so has more to fear from fellow Coolmore representative Sapphire Pendant, runner-up in the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial back in the spring.

Stunning View formed part of Dermot Weld's record-breaking week at Galway and even though he steps up from handicaps, he can't be dismissed lightly either.

Earlier, Weld unleashes a nicely bred newcomer in Sunset Stanza, which won't need to be anything too out of the ordinary to make a successful start to his career in the opening race.

Specification is also seen in public for the first time and flies the flag for the same Weld/Khalid Abdullah combination in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, although this is a more competitive affair, with the likes of O'Brien's Sloane Street and the John Oxx-trained Taracena in opposition.

The latter's stable companion Kastania flopped when fancied at Leopardstown last month and will appreciate the drop in trip to 11 furlongs for the Tadgh Clifford Groundcare Handicap.

Secretary Of State has been even more expensive to follow but steps into handicap company for the first time in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery, with the David Wachman duo of Orchestra Leader and Money Spider chief among his rivals, while easy Ballinrobe scorer Fairylike is just one of four last-start winners in the Robin Parke Memorial Handicap.

Irish Independent

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