Byline: Peter O'HEHIR Racing Correspondent
BANK on Vincenzio Galilei to lose his maiden tag in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Classic Trial at Gowran Park tomorrow.
Ger Lyons' colt shaped like a certain future winner on his debut at Leopardstown last month and, having by-passed a maiden engagement at the same track two weeks ago, has been found an ideal opportunity to get off the mark, despite the presence of Aidan O'Brien's MAHLER.
A son of Galileo, the selection failed by a neck to cope with Mores Wells in a ten-furlong maiden at Leopardstown, giving the distinct impression that he'd appreciate a step-up in trip.
Mores Wells progressed to land the Group 3 P W McGrath Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown, a recognised Derby trial, while form of that maiden has also been boosted by the subsequent maiden wins of Zafarwal (seventh) and Mahler (ninth).
Favourite that day, Mahler never threatened and was beaten more than seven lengths. He presumably improved significantly to beat Akua'Ba in a similar maiden at Leopardstown.
But Mahler has to conede 5lb. to Vincenzio Galilei today. And, expecting Lyons' colt to come into his own over this mile and a half, he's very difficult to oppose.
Market moves for newcomers would be significant in the three maidens on the card, particularly as a guide to the prospects of O'Brien's debutants two-year-old HENRYTHENAVIGATOR (Kingmambo - Sequoyah) and WAR AND PEACE (Danehill - Pipalong).
The listed Victor McCalmont Memorial Fillies Stakes might be within the compass of ANNA KARENINA, trained by David Wachman, a close sixth to Ivan Denisovich in a listed event at the Curragh when we saw her last.
From an in-form yard, Wayne Lordan's mount might reverse earlier listed-race placings with BLESSYOURPINKSOX, trained by Peter Casey and the mount of Seamus Heffernan. …