leopardstown 15th Apr
The Classics picture may be a little clearer after Leopardstown's meeting, with three big trials ahead of the upcoming tests.
The PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes has been used by Aidan O'Brien to launch the three-year-old campaigns of Galileo, High Chaparral and Yeats, and he unleashes three runners this year.
David Livingston looks the pick of the trio, having made all to land the Beresford when last seen, though Tower Rock was quite progressive last term.
The latter was beaten by Call To Battle here when last seen and John Oxx's colt could give the O'Brien team a real fright, while Light Heavy won despite appearing to need this step up in trip last time.
Jim Bolger's runner beat Furner's Green on that reappearance run, and O'Brien's charge bids to go one better in the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial.
Only two lengths off the winner in the National Stakes last year, he looks a better bet than stablemate Vault, though Oxx also has a colt of real potential in Gowran winner Akeed Wafi.
Fillies get their chance in the Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes and much of the focus will be on Fire Lily.
Second in the Moyglare and the Prix Marcel Boussac, David Wachman's filly certainly has the pick of the form on offer, though Up has the benefit of a recent run and was fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
The Listed Heritage Stakes looks a very hot contest, with Famous Name bidding to get back to winning ways.
A prolific winner in Group Three and Listed company, Dermot Weld's charge has just fallen short at the top level and won't have it all his own way here with impressive Irish Lincolnshire winner Sharestan opposing.
Canary Row and Forester lock horns again in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at 2.25, while the the FM104's Strawberry Alarm Clock Handicap could be between Bankroll and Olfa.
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