Boldini 'in form' and dropped down in class
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Star Appeal Stakes (Listed Race) | 7f, 2yo | ATR
SIX previous winners, three of them over the course, do battle for this Listed prize named after the first German-trained Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner, who won at Dundalk in its pre-Polytrack days as a two-year-old in 1972 when in the care of John Oxx's father, John.
Aidan O'Brien took the race for the first time last year with Lines Of Battle, this season's UAE Derby winner. He is represented by the Group 1 National Stakes third Giovanni Boldini, who won a three-runner event on his debut over tonight's course and distance a week before contesting the Curragh race 26 days ago.
With record-breaker Joseph O'Brien serving a one-day ban, Seamie Heffernan partners the son of War Front, of whom O'Brien snr said: "It was a big step up for him from winning at Dundalk to a Group 1 in such a short space of time, but he seems in good form and we know he handles the surface."
David Marnane has Dubai in mind for He's No Saint, who finished second on his first two starts before easily winning a 6f maiden at the track two weeks ago.
He said: "Although only six are declared it looks a hot contest. We're planning to take He's No Saint to Dubai and this will be his last race of the season. This will tell us what we have and he's going there in good order."
Miss Mousey, a course-and-distance winner last time, represents Ger Lyons, who took the race with another filly, Helene Witty, in 2009.
Warbird came good at the third attempt when scoring by half a length at Gowran Park last month. His trainer Michael Halford said: "It was encouraging when Craftsman, who ran second to our horse at Gowran, came out and won well afterwards. Warbird is in good form and, hopefully, is progressing. It looks a very competitive race, but we felt he deserved a shot at it."
Mandatario, the least experienced of the sextet and a short-head winner over a mile at Gowran Park last month on his only start, represents Jim Bolger, while the Charles O'Brien-trained Muscle Beach, who has a short-head win over the useful Wilshire Boulevard at Navan to his credit, tackles 7f for the first time.
York good, good to soft in places
Carlisle good (hurdles), good, good to firm in places (chase)
Newton Abbot good, good to soft in places
Today's key pointers
Peter Bowen deserves the utmost respect in handicaps at Carlisle. In the last five seasons he has scored three times from just six runners in such contests for a £1 level-stakes profit of £36.50. He runs Harouet in the 4.30
Jonjo O'Neill's record with his bumper debutants at Newton Abbot in the last ten seasons reads 313112. Champagne At Tara makes his debut at 5.10
Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive