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Updated: Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 17:51 | Comments

Moth was last seen finishing fourth behind Talent at Epsom
Moth was last seen finishing fourth behind Talent at Epsom

Beaten Oaks favourite Moth takes a possible stepping stone back to Classic company in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Naas Oaks Trial on Wednesday.

Aidan O'Brien's filly was heavily supported at Epsom, thanks to a staying-on third in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

However, she had to settle for fourth and O'Brien will be hoping she can get her head in front here before he contemplates a tilt at the Irish Oaks next month.

Heading the opposition in this Listed contest over a mile and a quarter is Bunairgead, who emerged with credit from the Irish 1,000 Guineas, and John Oxx's impressive Navan debut winner Rocktique.

O'Brien takes the wraps off an intriguing contender for the three-runner Boston Access Race in the shape of Darwin.

A Belmont Park winner before taking fourth in Grade Two company when trained by Todd Pletcher in the States, the Coolmore team have moved him over here and, given his big-race entries, it will be disappointing if he can't see off Resolute Response and Fighter Squadron.

The Ballydoyle handler will also have high hopes for Curragh runner-up Illustrate in the Prosperous Financial Services Supporting North Kildare Chamber Maiden, but his Leopardstown scorer Point Piper has his work cut out against fellow last-start winner Danzerini and the hat-trick-seeking Fionnuar in the Revamp Building And Renovation Supporting Naas Hurling Handicap.

Gold Peregrine's Navan introduction will have given Johnny Murtagh plenty to look forward to and he can build on that in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden at 6.00.

Smoke Charger has finished behind Flaring Forth and Samollie on his last couple of appearance, but Paul Deegan has decided to renew those rivalries in a competitive renewal of the Martin Scaffolding Supporting Naas Hurling Handicap.

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