navan 29th Apr
After the jumping extravaganza that is the Punchestown Festival, attention switches back to the Flat, with Kissed beginning her Classic campaign in Navan's Irish Stallion Farms EBF Salsabil Stakes.
The half-sister to Epsom Derby hero Pour Moi made an excellent start to her career when comprehensively beating the reopposing Violet Lashes in a soft-ground maiden here last autumn, and she currently sits towards the head of the Oaks market.
The team behind Cleofila will also have big-race aspirations and she claimed the scalp of subsequent Group Three scorer Coral Wave on her sole appearance, while Aaraas has match practice on her side after a satisfactory sixth in the Park Express Stakes.
Aidan O'Brien saddles another close relation to a Classic hero in High Chaparral's half-brother Father Of Science, who begins his career in the Dunderry Maiden.
Stablemate Exact, as well as the John Oxx-trained Karatash and Dermot Weld's Spirit Of Concorde, are other newcomers to keep a close eye on, while Tiger At Heart has his sights lowered after failing to beat a runner home in the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial.
Athens had his limitations exposed on the same card - he was fourth in the Ballysax - and drops in class for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race, in which maiden winners Azamata and Ursa Major lie in wait.
Top jumping mare Unaccompanied reverts to the level in the navanracecourse.ie Race, and has Ballydoyle top-weight Robin Hood to beat.
Watsdachances offered plenty of encouragement when third at Cork and that just about sets the standard in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, which gets proceedings under way at 1.55.
My Fere Lady attempts to justify some lofty engagements in the Irish Racing Calendar Maiden, and her stablemate Asteroid Belt strives to confirm the promise of his Leopardstown third in the Family Day Handicap.
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