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Naas preview

Updated: Sunday, 01 Jun 2014 12:59 | Comments

The meeting kicks off at 2.20pm with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden
The meeting kicks off at 2.20pm with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden

There are four Listed contests at Naas, with perhaps the most interesting being the Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes, in which War Envoy bids to follow up a debut success.

Having already been quoted at 16-1 for the 2000 Guineas next year, the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt is likely to be popular in this, though British raider Kool Kompany is unbeaten in two starts and makes the trip over.

Bwana was second to O'Brien's The Great War at the Curragh last time, so there could be some clues to the Ballydoyle pecking order here too.

O'Brien has As Good As Gold in the Coolmore Stud EBF Fillies' Sprint Stakes, though she has struggled in two maidens to date and meets a number of winners, including Stormfly.

Dermot Weld's filly was a comfortable winner at Navan and is likely to be involved, as is Richard Fahey's Realtra, who takes in this test after a good win at Newmarket.

Weld and O'Brien lock horns in the Lacken Stakes too, with the Rosewell House handler opting to run easy Navan winner Sailors Swan, while course and distance winner Due Diligence represents O'Brien.

However, the most interesting runner in the race is the returning Sudirman, winner of the Phoenix Stakes last year, and this Listed contest looks well within his capabilities if back in the same form.

The first Listed contest on offer is the Owenstown Stud Stakes, in which Joseph O'Brien has opted to ride Giovanni Boldini over stablemate Beyond Brilliance, while Weld's Tested and Jim Bolger's improving Sun On The Run are sure to make this a test.

The meeting kicks off at 2.20pm with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, in which Antique Platinum, Hazaraba and Supposing all hold claims, while Zafayan bids to follow up a debut win in the Follow Us On Facebook Handicap.

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