Marengo can shrug off penalty in Ballysax
Battle Of Marengo, the only penalised runner in the contest, can land the Group 3 P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown tomorrow.
He is one of a number of horses Aidan O’Brien has near the top of the Epsom Derby market and is fancied to give those classic claims a major boost.
The Galileo colt wasn’t knocked about on his debut on this track in August — finished third — and then made massive improvement to win his subsequent three races.
He took his maiden by a street at Gowran Park, then landed a Listed event at Leopardstown before rounding off the campaign with a smooth victory in a modest Group 2 at the Curragh.
Sugar Boy is 2lbs clear of the selection at the weights and also won three in-a-row last season, ending with an easy six and a half lengths success in a Listed event here. But he seems to be very much ground dependent — the softer the better — while all surfaces appear to come the same to the talented Battle Of Marengo.
Tommy Carmody’s Sweet Lightning is the clear pick of the weights in the Heritage Stakes after hacking up, un- der a big burden, in the Lincoln at the Curragh.
Sweet Lightning has 5lbs in hand of O’Brien’s Declaration Of War, but again wants testing conditons to be seen at his best and preference is for the latter.
Unbeaten in two races in France as a juvenile, Declaration Of War made a decent impression as a three-yearold in this country. He won on heavy ground at the Curragh and then showed his versatility when grabbing a Group 3 at Dundalk.
O’Brien may also have the answer to the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial with once-raced The United States, who beat the useful Dibayani on unsuitably heavy ground at the Curragh in July.
At Tramore today the inform Fiery Oscar gets the nap in the Like Tramore Racecourse On Facebook Handicap Chase.
Rodger Sweeney’s charge has won his last two over flights and runs now off a mark 22lbs below his current rating as a hurdler.
At Tramore tomorrow, Willie Mullins’ Sweet My Lord gets the nod in the Tramore Racecourse Members’ Chase. He made no show at Cheltenham, but prior to that was holding every chance when falling at the last in the valuable Leopardstown Chase.