Soffia pitched into Listed company at Naas as she seeks a four-timer
Soffia will be attempting to extend her winning sequence to four as she enters Listed company for the first time in the Yeomanstown Stud Irish EBF Stakes at Naas.
A winner over five furlongs on her first two starts this season, the Eddie Lynam-trained daughter of Kyllachy successfully stepped up in trip when landing a handicap over tonight’s course and distance 18 days ago.
Lynam said: "We're hopeful – that’s all we can be. It’s a big step up in class but we reckon she’s entitled to take her chance, so we’ll give it a go.
"The conditions should suit her, she’s handled the track before and the distance, so we’ve no worries on that score.
"Basically the opposition is much stronger than she has met before, so that could be the difficulty."
Robbie Downey, who has ridden Soffia to her three wins, is again on board and Lady Chryss O'Reilly's filly faces 12 rivals including the Aidan O'Brien-trained pair Could It Be Love and Fire Opal.
Runner-up in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and third in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, Could It Be Love has failed to build on those performances on her last two starts and O'Brien said: "We were disappointed with her run at York last time but we've been happy with her since and she seems well.
"Fire Opal won her maiden at Navan this month and we've been happy with her since. She's stepping up in grade but is in good form."
Joseph O'Brien, who is represented by Now You're Talking and Amthaal, said: "Now You're Talking's run at Ascot last time was a bit disappointing but she had a very good run at Naas before that. It's very competitive but we're hoping she might get some more black type.
"Amthaal won a five-furlong maiden at Bellewstown last time so this will be a big step up in class for her and I'd say six furlongs is as far as she wants to go."
Gordon back in action at Leicester
Josephine Gordon will have her first ride in public since injuring her hand leaving the stalls at Ayr on June 23 when climbing aboard Sigrid Nansen in the Medbourne Selling Stakes (6.00 Leicester).
Gordon will be renewing a partnership with trainer Alex Dunn which dates back to her days chasing the champion apprentice title back in 2016.
Dunn said: "We helped Josie Gordon on her way to the apprentice championship as we gave her a double near the end of the season at Catterick and it's nice to be able to maintain that link."
The daughter of Cityscape is one of two runners for Somerset-based Dunn, who paid 5,000gns each for Sigrid Nansen, formerly trained by George Scott, and ex-William Muir charge Greeneyedafghan, at the recent Tattersalls July Sale.
"They are both in good order," said Dunn. "We sifted through hundreds of horses over two days at the sales to try and find the value. They are for sale if someone likes them and wants to buy them to keep in the yard."
Match of the Day comes to Bath
Two-runner races are mercifully rare in Britain but punters won't have an easy time choosing which way to jump in the Buzz People Recruitment Dyrham Vase Fillies' Handicap (2.00 Bath), with both runners arriving in fine form.
Four-year-old Cubswin is turned out quickly after finishing third at Market Rasen in the valuable 188Bet Summer Hurdle and has also shown improved form on the Flat, having won on the turf at Lingfield last month.
"She's in very good form at the moment and is going the right way in both disciplines," said Neil King. "We were thrilled with her run at Market Rasen on Saturday where she got that all-important black type. She was finishing the race off nicely but didn’t have a hard time. This is a great chance for her and she won over course and distance just before I bought her from Roger Charlton last year."
Mark Johnston sends Bayshore Freeway down from Middleham, with the weight-for-age allowance more than offsetting her higher rating.
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