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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Lavery concerned that trip might be too sharp for the promising Breaking Story

Breaking Story: bids to follow up debut win in today's Fairyhouse feature
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5.15 Fairyhouse
Ballyhane Blenheim Stakes (Listed) | 2yo | 6f | ATR  

Breaking Story created a good impression when winning a 23-runner Curragh maiden on racecourse debut and Sheila Lavery's colt is pitched in to Listed level in his bid to maintain an unblemished record on just his second start. 

Lavery is slightly worried with the step down in trip, however, after the son of Dandy Man won over seven furlongs first time out, and said: "We're very happy with Breaking Story.

"He came out of his Curragh race very well and has strengthened up but he's still quite green and I'm a little worried that six furlongs might be a a bit sharp for him at this stage of his career."

Sheila Lavery could have another very nice juvenile in her care

Aidan O'Brien has sent out nine winners of the event – which used to be run at the Curragh before being moved to Fairyhouse three years ago – and fires three darts at the race courtesy of All The Kings Men, Fantasy and Isle Of Innisfree.

All The Kings Men will be ridden by Donnacha O'Brien and attempts to win for the second time in less than a week after scoring by three lengths over five furlongs at Naas five days ago.

O'Brien said on Sunday: "We're running him back quite soon but he seems to have taken the Naas race well. The ground was good to yielding there today, and hopefully it will dry out rather than go the other way.

"The same applies to Isle Of Innisfree and Fantasy, who ran well last time when third to Ten Sovereigns in a Group 3 over the distance at the Curragh."

Isle Of Innisfree (pink) wins the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden from All The King's Men

Willie McCreery is responsible for the fillies Lethal Promise and Nitro Boost, and said of his pair: "Lethal Promise was disappointing at Newbury, where the ground was quite tacky and didn't suit. Her previous form was good and while being drawn widest isn't ideal, I think she should be there or thereabouts.

"Nitro Boost is drawn better and in good form. It will be her first time going up to six furlongs and that's a little worry. The drier the ground the better for her."

Ger Lyons, who is going through a quiet spell by his standards, runs Inverleigh, who came from behind to beat a better fancied stablemate in Burmese Waltz over the trip on his debut at Leopardstown last month.

Invincible Karma, who made all to win a maiden over an extended seven furlongs at Roscommon last month, represents Jessica Harrington and will be dropping in trip as he tries to make amends for a disappointing effort at the Listowel festival, where he started favourite for a mile nursery but trailed in last of six.

The Tom Mullins-trained Mia Mento, winner over the distance on her debut at Leopardstown in July and fourth behind Ten Sovereigns in a Group 3 over the trip at the Curragh on her penultimate start, and Joe Murphy's Peruvian Lily, the only maiden in the field after finishing third on her sole start at the Curragh last month, complete the line-up.

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He's very well and has strengthened up but he's still quite green and I'm a little worried that six furlongs might be a a bit sharp for him
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