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Thursday 17 August 2017

Rehana can reign supreme in Yeomanstown

Rehana wants it to be quick at Naas. Pic: racingpost.com
Rehana wants it to be quick at Naas. Pic: racingpost.com

The consistent Only Mine will attempt to give weight away all around when lining up in the feature race at Naas this evening but she will face 12 rivals, including the talented Rehana, in the Yeomanstown Stakes.

Joe Murphy's stable star continues to be a great servant for connections but her trainer was left ruing a difficult draw for the Listed contest so Rehana, having her first run since finishing down the field in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, is slightly preferred.

Rain is forecast for the Kildare venue after a very warm day at the track yesterday and how much that changes the ground will be interesting as Rehana certainly wants it quick, but she has always been highly thought of so Mick Halford's charge can hopefully put her Curragh effort behind her here, although it is far from a two-horse race.

Aidan O'Brien runs no less than six in the race as he looks to win it for just the second time since 2010 and while Asking would look the stable preference, course-and-distance winner Alphabet may well prove over priced on the 16/1 that was available yesterday evening. For those not wishing to trust Only Mine from a wide draw or Rehana if the rain arrives, Alphabet could be a safer each-way alternative.

Trainer Ger Lyons and stable jockey Colin Keane have been motoring along nicely this season and will hope to land the finale tonight with Psychedelic Funk, who takes his biggest drop in class since he was two from two at the beginning of last season.

A two-time winner at Naas, the three-year-old had little luck in running at Leopardstown last time but it was also a run that suggested a mile might suit him. Here he gets a nice three-year-old allowance from all bar one rival and he is just given the nod ahead of Joseph O'Brien's Reckless Gold.

Lyons won the last race at Gowran Park on Saturday with a nice colt called Insayshable and fourth behind him was Jessica Harrington's Pincheck, who wasn't missed by the handicapper and was given an 8lb rise for that effort.

Opted

Presumably as a result of that, Harrington has opted to turn the three-year-old out quickly in the Michael Higgins & Co Handicap as Pincheck can still run off his old mark of 83 and if the visual of Saturday's performance was right, he should be able to score here.

Few trainers are more local to Naas than Ross O'Sullivan and his three-time course-and-distance winner Doonard Prince could be ready to run a big race again.

The eight-year-old should love the conditions and is down to a mark of 3lbs lower than when he won off 61 here a couple of years ago. While the draw would be a slight concern, expect O'Sullivan to have him primed for another big run.

Meanwhile, Joe Murphy may be hoping for feature race honours tonight at Naas but he is also plotting a big week at Galway where Swamp Fox is likely to feature.

A winner of the big amateur handicap on the opening night last year, Swamp Fox has multiple options next week, including the Galway Hurdle, and may even appear twice during the week.

"We had planned from a long way out that he would run both days (Monday and Thursday), but it all depends how he is," Murphy said.

"It's not down to what we'd like to do, he tries to tell us how he is."

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