Harrington to Test Promising Juveniles at Leopardstown


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Jessie Harrington is keen to put some of her most promising juveniles to the test in an intriguing card at Leopardstown on Thursday which features the G3 Japan Racing Association Tyros S. and G3 Frank Conroy Silver Flash S. In the former, which has played host to the likes of Teofilo (Ire), New Approach (Ire), Rip Van Winkle (Ire) and Churchill (Ire) in recent times, she saddles Alpha Racing 2020's impressive July 1 nine-length course-and-distance maiden winner Cadillac (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), while Robert Scarborough and Susan Magnier's Oodnadatta (Ire) (Australia {GB}) and the O'Callaghans' No Speak Alexander (Ire) (Shalaa {Ire}) are currently scheduled to go in the Silver Flash.

“Cadillac seems in good form. We've an awful wet morning here, so the ground might end up turning soft, but I don't think that will bother him–I think he'd be fine on any ground.”

Easy conditions may not suit Oodnadatta, however, who beat the subsequent G3 Marble Hill S. winner Minaun (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) and the July 28 11-length Galway maiden scorer Meala (Ire) (Epaulette {Aus) in a maiden also over this track and trip June 21. She may instead head for Saturday's G3 Sweet Solera S., leaving the 6 1/2-length July 7 Roscommon maiden winner No Speak Alexander as the sole representative. “Oodnadatta is in good form, but it is a wet morning here today, so we might take her to Newmarket if the ground goes soft and just run the other filly at Leopardstown,” Harrington added. “No Speak Alexander is in good order. She improved from her first run to her second and I hope there's more improvement to come.”

Aidan O'Brien has won nine of the last 10 renewals of the Tyros and 13 winners overall, while his tally is seven of the last 11 Silver Flash scorers and 11 in total. He has three colts in the Tyros, with Wayne Lordan booked for the maiden Van Gogh (American Pharoah) who was fourth on debut over this track and trip behind the re-opposing Masen (GB) (Kingman {GB}) and Charterhouse (GB) (Charming Thought {GB}). The latter was 66-1 when just denied by the Juddmonte rival there and trainer John Joseph Murphy sees him as a live outsider again in a year when the lesser-celebrated Irish stables are coming to the fore in the important juvenile staging posts. “He's in tremendous form and I think he's come on a lot from his first run,” he said. “You've got the horse that beat him there again and it does look a very hot renewal. We haven't got a great draw and I hope they don't get any more rain, as he definitely prefers quicker ground.”

Others to note in the Tyros are the Donnacha O'Brien-trained July 8 Gowran Park maiden scorer Southern Cape (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and July 11 course-and-distance maiden winner Vafortino (Ire) (New Bay {GB}) who hails from brother Joseph's stable. Coolmore are well-represented in the Silver Flash by Ballydoyle's July 19 Curragh maiden winner Snowfall (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and Donnacha's July 8 Gowran Park mile maiden scorer Shale (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), while Jim Bolger saddles the aforementioned Meala, Dermot Weld runs Moyglare Stud's June 26 six-furlong Curragh maiden winner A Ma Chere (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) and Joseph O'Brien pitches in John Oxley's TDN Rising Star Pretty Gorgeous (Fr) (Lawman {Fr}). She impressed over a mile at Bellewstown on the July 2 card which has already thrown up a subsequent luminary in the recent G2 Airlie Stud S. scorer Aloha Star (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}).

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