Monday 22 January 2018

Queen aims to take her throne

Queen Nefertiti
Queen Nefertiti

Queen Nefertiti aims to stake her claim as a classic contender at Dundalk on Friday night when she returns to action in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race.

David Wachman's filly looked potentially top class when running away with a hot maiden at Leopardstown on her sole start last season.

She was sent to post a 20/1 shot that day but there was no fluke about the way the daughter of Galileo dismissed her field by four-and-a-half lengths.

The runner-up Simply A Star has gone on to finished placed twice in Listed company since and Queen Nefertiti is a general 25/1 shot for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Connections look to have found a nice starting point for the filly and it will be intriguing to see if she can live up to that initial promise.

Aidan O'Brien runs recent Limerick winner The Happy Prince in the mile conditions event and he is sure to have come forward from that run.

He did well to win on his return having ducked across the track inside the final furlong and although the bare form doesn't look strong he should be capable of achieving better things.

Dermot Weld's runner Postulation was a rare reverse for the yard earlier this month when getting beaten at Cork.

His conqueror then was Success Days, however, and that form has taken on a different look after the winner's Ballysax Stakes victory.

Shannon Soul takes a step up in grade having been a game winner of a maiden at the course back in December while Buenos Y Bobos also has his sights raised having landing his sole start at Fairyhouse last September.

There are also a couple of decent maidens on the all-weather card and Hunt has some strong form coming into the Light Up Your Night Median Auction Maiden.

Johnny Murtagh's charge disappointed on his final outing last season but had been narrowly touched off on his previous two starts, including by the aforementioned Success Days at Gowran Park.

The concluding ten furlong maiden has also attracted a decent field and Blue Skimmer looks to go one better having been narrowly touched off at the track last week.

Aidan O'Brien is represented by Kilimanjaro, who showed plenty of promise on the second of two starts at Gowran Park last year.

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