Sunday 24 February 2019

Kalaxana primed to deliver

Kalaxana and Chris Hayes winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden at Gowran Park last month
Kalaxana and Chris Hayes winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden at Gowran Park last month

Roscommon will stage the biggest flat race of their season this evening when six runners go to post for the listed Lenebane Stakes.

A race that John Oxx has dominated in recent years is without a runner from the stable this year but the Aga Khan, who Oxx trained four Lenebane Stakes winners for, might be able to win this time courtesy of KALAXANA(8.20).

Mick Halford trains this this daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar who won the Ulster Oaks last time and being a three-year-old filly gets all the weight allowances here which means she carries 16lbs less than rivals Maths Prize and Mustajeer.

Aidan O'Brien's Curragh maiden winner Somerset Maugham could well progress to a decent level but might just take another run or two to prove that and Kalaxana looked a progressive sort at Down Royal when winning last time and should prove hard to beat here.

Willie McCreery looked to have a decent hand with the runners he is sending west to Roscommon tonight.

The 1m2f Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden looked like it might go the way of his BONGIORNO (7.20) at the third time of asking.

Queen Iseult looked an obvious danger to the selection but hasn't been seen for a while and Bongiorno had a subsequent winner behind last time so could be able to score now.

In the Roscommon Herald Handicap it is the filly MAZZURI (7.50) who is chanced for McCreery.

A winner on just her second start, Mazzuri is the lightest raced for these five runners and wasn't disgraced when pitched into handicap company for the first time behind the aforementioned Kalaxana a couple of weeks ago in the Ulster Oaks so she could give a form guide to that big race selection.

Michael Mulvany had a night to remember last week when he trained his first ever career treble on the one day and he goes again with My Silver Nails today in the Property Partners Earley Auctioneers Fillies Handicap.

It would look a gamble worth taking for Mulvany as My Silver Nails takes on six fillies here and brings some good form to the table.

The quick turnaround is not ideal but she could just edge this.

Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien can land the first race on the card this evening with CHRISTMAS (5.50) but the Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse still remains the only pattern race in Ireland to elude the champion trainer.


Of all the Group and Listed races currently run in Ireland, O'Brien has won them all, with the exception of the Brownstown Stakes and Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Could It Be Love had to settle for second yesterday as victory went the way of the Bill Farrell-trained Xenobia at odds of 12/1.

Farrell's charge stayed on best of all under Chris Hayes to collar the three-year-old, meanwhile at Limerick, Jessica Harrington's Neverushacon earned a quote of 16/1 for the Galway Plate after an impressive win in the conditions chase there.


5.50 Christmas

6.20 My Silver Nails

6.50 Alfirak

7.20 Bongiorno

7.50 Mazzuri

8.20 Kalaxana

8.50 Regem

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