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Monday 22 October 2018

Princess can make light work of heavy ground

HARD TO BEAT: Princess Yaiza can handle the ground at Ballybrit today
HARD TO BEAT: Princess Yaiza can handle the ground at Ballybrit today

With torrential rain forecast for Galway this evening and the National Hunt horses looking like they finished quite tired there yesterday, it really is expected to be attritional at Ballybrit today.

The highlight on the all-flat card is the listed Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes over a mile and a half. An ability to handle testing conditions and stay well is going to be vital here.

Luca Cumani sends over Alwaysandforever, who is a notable runner in the valuable pot, but few of these have encountered ground as soft as it is likely to be and that would be a worry for most.

A chance is taken on Gavin Cromwell's Princess Yaiza to come out on top.

The three-year-old is fitted with cheek-pieces for the first time after a host of solid efforts in good company without success but if she brings her best form and can get through the ground she should be hard to beat.

Last time at Galway she was just touched off by a neck in a valuable handicap, while the most notable effort on her form would be the run before that when third behind Sea Of Class at Newbury.

This looks a good opportunity for the consistent daughter of Casamento to land a nice prize for connections.

Course specialist Dream Walker returns to a track that has been a happy hunting ground for him over the years and is sided with in the Donnellys Of Barna Rated Race.

Jarlath Fahey now trains the nine-year-old, who won twice at the Galway Festival or Brian Ellison and wasn't disgraced in two runs at the meeting this year for his new handler.

Giving 11lbs to Vocal Music won't be easy but he may just appreciate the track and ground a bit more than that rival.

Gary Carroll, who rides Princess Yaiza earlier on the card, might be set for a good half an hour with Joe Murphy's Insignia Of Rank to look f orward to as well.

It has been well documented that Murphy's string are in much better form now than they had been earlier in the year and Insignia Of Rank has been going close lately and could be a good prospect in this trappy looking race.

The brothers Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien have a few good chances on the card with Syrena in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden and Cascabel in the concluding Sean Cleary Memorial Fillies Maiden looking their most likely winners.

Syrena has earned a rating of 81 in five starts to date and looks due a maiden win, while Cascabel was second on her last two starts, and a repeat of her run at the Galway Festival should be good enough to win this.

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