Royal Aide can be very helpful
Joseph O'Brien goes to the opening night of Bellewstown's August Festival with some good chances, including ROYAL AIDE (7.05, Bellewstown) in the valuable BetVictor "Bellewstown Bowl" Handicap.
A Killarney winner just last week, Royal Aide makes a quick reappearance under a mandatory penalty and the fact that the trainer's brother, Donnacha, is making the trip to the Meath venue to do his minimum weight on the three-year-old would suggest that more is expected from the well-bred son of Galileo.
The O'Briens team up on five occasions this evening with Donnacha's booking on EASTER ORCHID (7.35, Bellewstown) in the finale over Grey Waters a potential pointer for punters.
Easter Orchid is fitted with a tongue tie for her handicap debut having ran in much better maiden company and she could find her level in this type of middle-distance handicap.
If those two horses are going to enhance O'Brien's jockey championship challenge, Colin Keane may not leave the track empty-handed either.
Keane's mount CHARLIE BASSETT (4.35, Bellewstown) is given the nod over Potala Palace for the O'Briens.
The selection ran well at Naas in a similar maiden last time out and if showing the same progression, from his first to second start, the Noel Meade-trained runner may be progressive enough to win at the third time of asking.
This Bellewstown card features a couple of races restricted to riders who have not ridden 10 winners within the last year and dual-purpose rider Conor Maxwell could be the main benefactor in both divisions of the P&M Green Energy Cottages Handicap.
Maxwell has been booked by Damian English for TRIBAL PATH (5.05, Bellewstown) in the first divide.
The course-and-distance winner showed enough last time out to suggest he could win again before long.
Champion Hurdle-winning trainer Gavin Cromwell will leg up Maxwell on LAPPET (5.35, Bellewstown), who is only having her sixth run for Cromwell and seemed to handle the ease in the ground at Gowran Park last time out.
She may benefit from the conditions at Bellewstown this evening.
Shane Foley and Jessica Harrington can take the opening claimer with DANCING ON A DREAM (4.05, Bellewstown) while a good season for Tipperary-based Aidan Fogarty can continue with TRUE MOTION (6.05, Bellewstown) expected to oblige at the third time of asking.
4.05 Dancing On A Dream
4.35 Charlie Bassett
5.05 Tribal Path
6.05 True Motion
6.35 Associate Rock
7.05 Royal Aide
7.35 Easter Orchid