Oxx tests credentials of Ribblesdale entry Naughty Or Nice
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Yeats Stakes (Listed) | 1m5f, 3yo | ATR
Naughty Or Nice, the least experienced in the line-up having won on her debut at Gowran Park last month, is the only filly in the line-up for this event named after Ballydoyle's outstanding stayer and four-time Ascot Gold Cup winner.
A daughter of Fastnet Rock, Naughty Or Nice is taking a big step up in trip, from almost 1m2f to 1m5f and Oxx said of Declan McDonogh's mount: "She's a lazy worker at home, so we were delighted to see her come alive and win her maiden so well.
"We'll have to see how she copes with the longer distance. It's really a voyage of discovery and we're going to learn more about her. She's in good form."
Aidan O'Brien runs Leopardstown maiden winner Belgravia and Finn McCool, who made little impact at Chester last week when beating only one home in the Chester Vase, won by his stablemate Venice Beach.
O'Brien said: "Belgravia seems to be progressing and is in good form while Finn McCool raced very lazily at Chester. We're trying blinkers to see if they will help him."
Grandee, winner of a 1m1f maiden at the Curragh in October, and sixth behind Rekindling in the Group 3 Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown in April, represents Jessica Harrington while Three Jacks, a maiden winner over 1m1f at Tipperary last year and placed on his two starts this season, represents Martin Hassett.
Dermot Weld, whose team has started to hit form in the past week, runs Haripour, a maiden having his fourth start, while the Ger Lyons-trained World War is the other maiden in the seven runner-line-up.