Naas Sunday: Sprinters Warm Up for Royal Ascot

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by Tom Frary

Sunday's card at Naas sees some of the leading Irish sprinters build towards next month's Royal meeting, with the six-furlong G3 Goffs Lacken S. the feature. There was no mistaking the authority of the filly Ocean Quest (Ire) (Sioux Nation) in Navan's Listed Committed S. last month and although that was on heavy ground, she hails from the Jessie Harrington stable carrying all before it at the moment. Saturday's Listed Carnarvon S. placegetter Aesop's Fables (Ire) (No Nay Never) and the re-opposing The Antarctic (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) and Shartash (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) were left behind as she opened up in the style of a group 1 performer G1 Middle Park S. runner-up and it may be that Shane Foley has finally found the key to her.

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Royal Ascot's juvenile contests should take more shape after the G3 Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint S. and opening Coolmore Stud Calyx Race, with the latter race hosting Ballydoyle's TDN Rising Stars Democracy (Ire) (No Nay Never) and River Tiber (Ire) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) in the line-up. Ryan Moore is booked for River Tiber, who did something out of the ordinary even for his yard's juveniles when scoring by 10 lengths on debut at Navan last month. In the Sprint S., Team Valor International and Gary Barber's acquisition Ribchestina (Ire) (Ribchester {Ire}) makes her debut for the Paddy Twomey stable, having scored on her introduction for Sheila Lavery here last month.

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