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Will it be an O'Brien benefit or can Keatley spoil the family gathering?

Sioux Nation: last year's Norfolk winner at Royal Ascot
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4.15 Naas
Goffs Lacken Stakes (Group 3) | 6f | 3yo | ATR

It is The Broghie Man rather than the bogeyman that the O'Briens should be scared of in this sprint as Adrian Keatley's improving speedster is all that stands in their way of success. 

Aidan O'Brien and his son Joseph are responsible for six of the seven runners in this six-furlong contest, but neither should take anything for granted as The Broghie Man is fresh from a Listed success at Navan where he bravely fended off the stubborn challenge of Speak In Colours. 

Keatley is under no illusions regarding the magnitude of the task facing his stable star this time, though, and is expecting a stiffer challenge from Sioux Nation than the one he received at Navan last month. 

Keatley said: "We know it will be a stiff challenge but it's one we are really looking forward to. I fully expect Sioux Nation to be more ready now than he was at Navan. We are up against it given how close we're getting to Royal Ascot."

"We were thrilled with him at Navan and I think he should be fine on the ground as Naas do a good job and keep it safe. He was a close second in a Leopardstown maiden on good ground on his second start for Brendan [Duke] so he should cope fine. He's in great form at home."

Last year's Norfolk winner Sioux Nation, the choice of Ryan Moore, spearheads a three-pronged attack from Ballydoyle. 

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Aidan O'Brien won this race last year with Caravaggio en route to Commonwealth Cup success at Royal Ascot and a similar path is being paved for Sioux Nation. 

"I would say six furlongs is as far as Sioux Nation wants to go. He shows an awful lot of pace in his work and is a real sprinter. He would have learned plenty from his run at Navan and we think he has come on plenty from it," O'Brien said.


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On his remaining runners, Fleet Review and Dali, O'Brien said: "Fleet Review is a good horse who showed nice speed at Navan before getting a bit tired. We think he has come on from that run.

"Dali was a good two-year-old who won his maiden nicely at Naas. This is his first start of the season and we are looking forward to getting him out."

The Broghie Man has already foiled Speak In Colours at Navan but Joseph O'Brien feels the ex-Marco Botti-trained sprinter has taken a leap forward since his first Irish appearance last month.

"I was very happy with Speak In Colours at Navan. It was a nice start for us and he almost got up. That was a good starting point for the season and we feel that he has come forward nicely since that run. 

"He's in really good form and we are looking forward to the race," said Joseph O'Brien. 

Speak In Colours: showed good juvenile form for Marco Botti

His team is completed by True Blue Moon and Now You're Talking. 

"True Blue Moon is having his first start of the year and we hope he will stay the six furlongs.

"Now You're Talking has done well so far at three and she ran a lovely race to finish third to Mrs Gallagher in a Listed race at Naas last time. We were thrilled with that effort and she is progressing nicely," O'Brien added.


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I would say 6f is as far as Sioux Nation wants to go. He shows an awful lot of pace in his work and is a real sprinter
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