Emulous primed to put Solais in the shade
Racing at Fairyhouse makes a long overdue return this evening as the Meath venue holds a seven race flat card featuring the Group Three Brownstown Stakes.
A field of 10 is due to face the starter for the €77,500 contest and we can expect a battle at the business end between Dermot Weld's Emulous and the Jim Bolger-trained Claiomh Solais.
However, despite the latter's good run in the Irish 1000 Guineas behind subsequent Group One winner Misty For Me, Claiomh Solais has disappointed a couple of times since and therefore Emulous is a confident selection.
Emulous will have to give weight away to all nine of her rivals, but could prove to be quite a decent price at around 5/2 if she repeats her run last time out at the Curragh -- on similar ground -- when beating Lolly For Dolly, who has since won at Royal Ascot.
Multiple champion jockey Pat Smullen got on the mark when teaming up with his boss Dermot Weld at Sligo last night and he may enjoy a couple of winners this evening. He has a strong claim onboard the somewhat aptly named Good To Follow.
Trained by Eddie Lynam, the five-year-old put a string of duck eggs in her form behind her to finish a decent second to the seemingly well-handicapped Ted Dolly last time out.
Smullen was in the saddle for the filly's good run at the Curragh when, although 10th, she was not beaten far. He returns to the plate this time having steered the aforementioned Ted Dolly to victory last time.
Johnny Murtagh is another man to keep on the right side of this evening as the Meath native appears to hold decent chances in the first, fifth and seventh races. In the opening two-year-old maiden, the Ger Lyons-trained Bible Black is expected to open his account on the back of a break since being overturned when odds-on favourite.
Murtagh then teams up with his current boss John Oxx in the jogforjockeys.ie Handicap where Aznavour can put an end to a string of placed efforts with victory in the 10-furlong heat.
Again Joanna Morgan's Ted Dolly provides a bit of a form guide as Aznavour was third to that one at Naas just eight days ago and that's a good enough run to suggest he can exploit a mark of 85.
In the finale, Kastania is likely to make it fourth time lucky as she faces 10 others in the Fairyhouse Venue Hire Maiden.
Aidan O'Brien's Sam Lord's Castle is an obvious threat, but Kastania's experience and fillies' allowance should see her oblige.
Boylesports Early Prices
Brownstown Stakes: Emulous 5/2, Sharnberry 7/2, History Note 100/30, Rose Bonheur 7/1, Claiomh Solais 9/1, Future Generation 12/1, Agony And Ecstasy 14/1, Blaze Brightly 16/1, Peahen 20/1, Dawn Eclipse 100/1