A walk-in trip may do the trick for Cairo

Two meetings again Friday and the evening meeting at Dundalk, the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Star Appeal Stakes are one of the twin features and Aidan O’Brien, who won the race four consecutive times from 2012 but only once since can take this revival with Cairo.

Second out of six furlongs on his debut, he was a bit passed at one point but stayed firmly on the line to be beaten by a header by Wave Machine, with early winners following Mount Ruapehu, Spirit Gal and Speirling Beag all behind.

On this evidence it was no surprise that he completed a mile for his second start and as he did the work he showed the pace to clear before he was all on the line to hold his mate stable Gulf Of Mexico and Voice Of Reason. Given the pace he has shown to pass clear, the return to seven furlongs should be ideal and for Friday’s race he is preferred to Imadpour, who has proven himself in Cork having run well in two hot maidens .

The other feature is that the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Legacy Stakes and Apricot Twist can give Ger Lyons and Colin Keane a fourth straight win in the race. Although trailing one of Friday’s rivals, Coralillo, on his last outing, he showed natural speed and certainly didn’t give up when overtaken. He has three parts of length to find with this rival, but dropping to five furlongs can help bring out the best in him.

Lady Tilbury, who was behind the aforementioned pair in Group 3 won by Treasure Trove, will also appreciate the trip downfall and should be respected, as will Funny Money Honey, who has been much tried and far from disgraced in all three starts. on a date for Jessica Harrington.

At Gowran, Willie Mullins has won four of the last seven races of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mucklemeg mare bumper and can do five of eight when taking on this year’s renewal with Katie Tay.

The four-year-old filly showed great promise on her debut in March but was well beaten on her second outing at the Punchestown Festival. With Emmet Mullins on her first two starts, she joined Willie Mullins over the summer and got off to a winning start for new relationships by missing out on a comfortable bumper winner at the August festival in Tramore. It’s much harder, but she’s bred to improve and can keep up.

Saylavee of Mullins can make a winning debut on the wood in the Gowran Park Racing Club Maiden Hurdle. Runner-up on her only start for Barry Fitzgerald, she finished fourth on her debut for Mullins but missed an easy winner on her next start, at Clonmel. She followed in style at Killarney and is now embarking on a hurdling career.

She is an above average rookie and can take this at the expense of The Mediator, who is also a smart rookie. The latter won a bumper on his debut and then rode a super race to finish third behind the exciting Hunters Yarn in a bumper of winners. There’s not much separating her from the selection in what should be a fascinating contest.



1:35 Catena Zapata

2:07 Saylavé

2:42 Cracklinrose

3:17 One shot

3:52 Outback Flyer

4:27 Moving water

5:02 Serpolette

5:37 Katie Tay

Next best

1:35 Wee Willie Nail

2:07 The Mediator

2:42 Flyaway Maggie

3:17 Flashthelights

3:52 Champagne problem

4:27 Guiri

5:02 Orderly Lives

5:37 Dorans Dam



4:50 p.m. Harry’s Bar

5:25 Apricot twist (nb)

6:00 Baalbec Beauty

6:30 Lady Skipper

7:00 Cairo (siesta)

7:30 Endless Season

8:00 a.m. Sierra Nevada

8:30 Amortization

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4:50 Logo hunter

5:25 Coralillo

6:00 Inchiquin Star

6:30 a.m. Amri

7:00 Imadpour

7:30 Instrumental

8:00 Smaoineamh Sile

8:30 Gulliver’s Travels