leopardstown 13th May
The picture for both British and Irish Derbys should be a little clearer after Leopardstown's card as it features the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes.
Jim Bolger runs Light Heavy, who has developed at a rate of knots this term, culminating in victory in the Ballysax Stakes, in which he had the reopposing Tower Rock in third.
He is not entered for Epsom, unlike Wrote, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner, who could join Camelot in the British Derby picture with victory.
The Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial gives fillies the opportunity to stake Classic claims and also puts the Newmarket Guineas form to the test, as Alla Speranza took sixth in England.
The impressive Dundalk maiden winner Duntle has her first run since being purchased by the Niarchos family, while Soon, Yellow Rosebud and Coral Wave ensure this is a high-class renewal.
The third Pattern race on the card is the Amethyst Stakes, in which Famous Name will bid to strike for the third year running.
Dermot Weld's charge has been a standing dish in this sort of grade and will be out to add to his 15 career victories, though 2011 Lincoln winner Sweet Lightning won't make life easy if returning on top form.
The meeting gets under way at 2.15 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden, which could provide an opportunity for Angela's Dream to open her account after a promising debut at Dundalk.
David Wachman's newcomer Cougar Ridge and the twice-placed Chips Are Down are sure to make it a real test, though.
The Live At Leopardstown Maiden could go the way of John Oxx's Allowed, who is the choice of Johnny Murtagh ahead of stablemate Shelford, though Show Court and Tiger At Heart merit respect.
Midnight Music bids to build on her Curragh third in the www.hairspray.ie Hair & Beauty Handicap, while the Horse Racing Ireland Pensioners Handicap looks between Edenshaw and Lightening Stricks.
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