Leading claims for Morpho Blue at Leopardstown

Wednesday, Jun 12 2019

Morpho Blue looks ready to make the breakthrough in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at Leopardstown on Thursday.

The Mastercraftsman filly has had three outings to date with a notable second at this venue in October, a short-head behind Happen who landed a Group Three at the Curragh last month.

Jessica Harrington’s charge should come on plenty for her seasonal debut fourth at Cork in May after which the runner-up, Pacific Ocean, franked the form at Navan.

There is surely more to come from Time Tunnel, who was a beaten favourite in seventh on debut at Gowran Park, and she is well worth monitoring in the market.

Balefire was the horse that beat Morpho Blue into fourth at Cork, and he has the opportunity to follow up in the ‘Coolio’ Handicap.

Gowran Park victor Gatsby Cap heads a host of dangers, though.

Aidan O’Brien unleashes three newcomers in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden and all three are by different sires – Armory by Galileo, Zoffany colt Victory March and Australia filly Lampetia.

The market should be informative as to their prospects, and it is worth noting Victory March holds an entry in the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh at the end of the month.

Onlyhuman is in good order this season and is turned out again quickly in the Fitzers Catering Rated Race after a runner-up spot at Navan on Saturday.

With plenty of rain forecast, the top-weight appears the one to beat.

Molly Kaye’s second place to Linger at Gowran Park puts her in contention for the Korea Racing Authority Handicap over a mile and seven furlongs.

The Leopardstown Members (Q.R.) Maiden has a very competitive look to it, but Willie Mullins’ bumper winner Royal Illusion came in second in a good maiden at Roscommon last month and ought to appreciate this stamina test.

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