Irish Daily Mirror



KEEP In Touch, a promising fourth on her debut in Naas, should be tough to beat, despite a high draw, in today’s James’s Gate Median Auction 2-Y-0 Maiden.

Trained by Dermot Weld

(right) this Tamayuz filly took on the colts in a Naas maiden on debut and, despite showing signs of inexperien­ce, hanging and not enjoying the clearest of runs, finished a creditable fourth to the highly-regarded Ballydoyle colt Auguste Rodin.

That experience will stand to the Moyglare-owned filly, whose dam

Unaccompan­ied was unbeaten in two starts at Ballybrit.

And, if she takes the expected step forward and gets into a handy early position for Chris Hayes, she should have every chance.

The Joseph O’brientrain­ed Busselton, already a three-time winner over fences, represents local owner Michael Burke (of Chanelle Pharma fame) in the Guinness Galway Blazers

Handicap Chase with a rock-solid chance.

A tough and straightfo­rward five-year-old, Busselton was last seen over fences when chasing home Wednesday’s Galway Plate third El Barra at the Punchestow­n festival.

Tuned for today by a couple of recent outings on the flat, including a lasttime-out win at

Roscommon, Busselton enjoys being handy in his races, a style which suits

Ballybrit and I’ll be surprised if he’s not in the shake-up.

In treble form on Monday,

Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley (above) should strike with former

Ballydoyle inmate Sandhurst in the Rockshore Irish Lager Race.

This fellow had been off the track since finishing second in last year’s Chester Vase when finishing third to Shoshone Warrior (re-opposes) in a strangely-run amateur riders ‘ event at Leopardsto­wn recently.

The winner poached an unassailab­le lead that day, which puts a question mark over the form. And with significan­t improvemen­t expected from Sandhurst, he should land the spoils this time.

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