Insignia ranked ahead of rest
A €100,000 pot is up for grabs at Leopardstown this evening with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Nasrullah' Handicap down for decision.
It was something of a surprise to only see nine runners declare for this lucrative contest but although INSIGNIA OF RANK (7.25, Leopardstown) has to concede plenty of weight to all rival, the four-year-old can defy the burden of top weight here.
Insignia Of Rank is conceding 11lbs to his nearest rival in the weights and over two stone to Wentwood but Joe Murphy-trained runner boasts some decent Leopardstown efforts in the past and looked good when landing a Listed race on Derby weekend.
Indeed, Murphy suggested after that Curragh win that Insignia Of Rank may be a hurdler for the future but this could prove to be inspired placing if he can take advantage of the small turn out for this valuable contest.
The Group Three Irish Stallion Farms EBF Stanerra Stakes also features on the card this evening and the return to a sound surface can prove the turning point for TRUE SELF (7.55, Leopardstown).
Willie Mullins has sent this talented filly on her travels in the hunt for pattern race success but heavy ground at Haydock last time seemed to have an impact on her performance.
Aidan O'Brien fires four bullets at this race with Peach Tree the stand out of the lot, but True Self's biggest danger should come from Cimeara who won on debut for Joseph O'Brien but failed to land a blow since.
It will be fascinating to see Alpha Centauri's sister ALPINE STAR (5.50, Leopardstown) make her debut in the opening maiden.
Nobody could argue with the form of Jessica Harrington's team at the moment and it would be hard to overlook Alpine Star if the market is positive.
Donnacha O'Brien can land a brace with COSMIC HORIZON (6.20, Leopardstown) and KANGAROO VALLEY (8.30, Leopardstown) for his brother Joseph and father Aidan respectively.
An interesting finale is likely to go the way of the talented GO ANOTHER ONE (9.00, Leopardstown) for John McConnell and Richie Deegan.
5.50 Alpine Star
6.20 Cosmic Horizon
7.25 Insignia Of Rank
7.55 True Self
8.30 Kangaroo Valley
9.00 Go Another One