SIR DRAGONET, a disappointing fifth in last year’s Investec Derby, has an ideal opportunity to resurrect his career on the opening day of the Irish Flat season at Naas. Sent off favourite for last season’s Epsom Classic, SIR DRAGONET (4.00, treble) failed to see out the trip when behind Anthony Van Dyck.
Connections clearly thought he had an abundance of stamina as he was pitched in the St Leger at Doncaster, run over 14 furlongs, in September. Again, he failed to get home when fourth behind Logician. Today’s drop to 10 furlongs will be ideal for the colt to fulfil his early promise that saw him take last season’s Chester Vase.
Brogue, a son of Frankel, looked a colt of huge potential when coming home the impressive winner of his only start at Cork in May. He is worth keeping an eye on and represents the danger.
Aidan O’Brien, the trainer of Sir Dragonet, can also strike with HONG KONG (3.30, nap). He fell short in Group company last term and connections have accordingly dropped him to a handicap. The son of American Pharoah showed that he acts on this ground when slamming Johan Zoffani at this track in October.
But for a slipped saddle DARK VADER (3.00, nb) would have won his last three races. On his penultimate start he did well to finish second behind Auchterarder when his saddle slipped at Lingfield in February. He subsequently won his next outing in impressive fashion at Dundalk 10 days ago.
3.00 Dark Vader (nb)
3.30 Hong Kong (nap)
4.00 Sir Dragonet (treble)
5.00 Lough Cutra