Mollie bids to provide Lyons with more local success
Fairyhouse has been a happy hunting ground for Ger Lyons in recent years and the Kiltale trainer will be bidding to open his account for the season at his local track when Mollie The Moo tackles the opening 7f fillies' race (5.10).
The daughter of Requinto looked good when winning her maiden at Limerick in April and the form of that race has worked out quite well with the second and the third having won their maidens since.
The Jim Bolger-trained Cirin Toinne sets the standard on paper with a rating of 91 and she may benefit from having her sights lowered from Group 3 company.
Aidan O'Brien's Music Box is another who is taking a step down in class. A winner of a soft ground maiden over this trip at Gowran Park this month, she was then no match for Penny Pepper in a Group 3 over six furlongs at the Curragh last weekend, but this will be a more realistic assignment.
The field is completed by Bill Farrell’s Orangey Red and the Willie McCreery-trained Virtudes.
Ligeti looking for first turf win
Ligeti made hay during the winter months on the all-weather for Joseph O'Brien and although he has yet to score on turf, he shaped with real promise when narrowly beaten in first-time blinkers over 1m5f at Leopardstown last time and looks to have leading claims in the 1m4f handicap (8.20).
O'Brien said: "The trip, ground and track will suit Ligeti and I'm hoping he'll run well. He's been running consistently well of late and is in very good form.”
Pat Martin is represented by Steelyeyed, an impressive front-running winner of a claimer at this track last month, and her handler believes she will have gained confidence from that victory.
He said: “She likes a big, galloping track which is why we're running her back here again.
“She's come out of the race well and shouldn’t mind this step up in trip. We won’t ride her as aggressively this time.”
Brave back among his own age group
Patrick Prendergast has his string in top shape and will be hoping his strong run of form continues when he runs Brave Display in the first division of the 6f handicap for three-year-olds (6.40).
He said: “I’m very happy with him. He has a good draw and the trip suits him well.
"I'd have liked it if he had a little less weight, but the same could be said for us all. He's back racing against his own age group and I think he'll run well.”