Thursday 22 February 2018

Tamadhor takes Fairyhouse plunge


The Book Tickets On-Line At Race takes centre stage on Wednesday evening's programme at Fairyhouse, with Classic form on show as Irish 1,000 Guineas sixth Tamadhor has her first outing since then.

That was certainly a pleasing seasonal reappearance for Kevin Prendergast's filly. In her juvenile days, the daughter of Arcano did very little wrong in four outings.

She finished second to subsequent Newmarket Guineas heroine, and narrow Oaks runner-up, Legatissimo, at Galway before getting off the mark at Leopardstown.

The Friarstown runner is a consistent type with a couple of other runner-up finishes as well, including at Listed level.

Prendergast was of the opinion that the lack of an outing counted against his charge in the big one at the Curragh, where she ended up a shade less than four lengths off the winner, Pleascach.

That form got a boost when Qualify, four places behind Tamadhor, went on to pip the aforementioned Legatissimo at Epsom last Friday.

One of two from the Classic generation in this five runner field, Tamadhor is top-rated on a mark of 106 and she drops back to what is possibly a more suitable seven furlong trip now.

Michael Halford and Shane Foley bid to win this event for the third year in succession, and they are represented by 2014 victor, Slipper Orchid.

The admirable six-year-old comes here on the back of a nice effort at Naas recently.

Vitally Important was an impressive winner on that same June 1 card at the Kildare venue, but Geoffrey Chaucer could be a more formidable challenger.

The Ballydoyle colt is assessed as being just 2lb behind Tamadhor, on 104, and though he needs to step up on what he has shown of late, the drop in trip and the addition of a tongue-strap could help.

It must not be forgotten that Geoffrey Chaucer won the Group Two Beresford Stakes at two. Reported to have got "quite pacey" in his work, the four-year-old is a fascinating participant on the anticipated lively surface.

Elsewhere, Vitello (6.00) and Stop And Linger (7.30) should be borne in mind for the couple of maidens on the card.

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