'Tango's a grand filly who's been back in full work for a while' 2.30 Leopardstown Fillies Trial Stakes7f Group 3 RTVCard and Spotlight, page 54.
AN AIDAN O'BRIEN-trained filly with vast experience was an impressive winner of the Qipco 1,000 Guineas on Sunday and Tango comes into this Group 3 with a similar sort of profile.
She might not be in the same calibre as Love but, before Sunday, she was rated only 7lb inferior to her Classicwinning stablemate and her mark of 104 is the highest on offer here.
Tango has already beaten one of today's rivals, Schroders Mistake, by six lengths in a Curragh maiden and she was allowed to travel to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, in which she was not disgraced in mid-division behind Sharing.
Jockey bookings muddy the waters somewhat. Padraig Beggy takes the ride on Tango, Wayne Lordan is on the 98-rated Precious Moments, who signed off last season with a whimper in a Listed race at Newmarket, while Seamie Heffernan teams up with the 88-rated Love Locket, which suggests she is the number one hope from Ballydoyle even though she is the lowest-rated of the trio.
Jessica Harrington has a plethora of talented threeyear-old fillies and it is fascinating to hear her say Celestial Object could improve for quicker ground. If she does, she must have a big chance.
Peace Charter beat So Wonderful in a Naas maiden on her debut and was only two lengths behind Albigna in a Group 2 at the Curragh afterwards. That is rock-solid form and she looks sure to be in the thick of things if Colin Keane can secure a good early position from stall 15.
The most interesting of all, however, could be Know It All. She looked home and hosed in a Group 3 at the Curragh in late September, so much so she traded at a low of 1.03 on Betfair, but was collared late by New York Girl and A New Dawn. She looked the best filly in the race there and Johnny Murtagh has made no secret of the fact she is the most talented horse in his yard.
Know It All is well drawn in stall five and the ease with which she travels through her races will certainly suit a track like Leopardstown. She could be very smart indeed.
What they say Joseph O'Brien, trainer of A New Dawn, Brook On Firth, Chrysalism and Unforgetable A New Dawn has wintered well and was a consistent filly last season, getting her black type. The main objective this year is for her to win a stakes race. Brook On Firth met with a setback on her last start in the Flame of Tara Stakes and that's why she didn't run again. She had a bit of time off but is back in good shape. Unforgetable ran some nice races last year and was second to Love at Leopardstown, while Chrysalism is a nice filly too. Jessica Harrington, trainer of Celestial Object and In The Present Celestial Object hasn't grown much but she's thickened out. What's really interesting is she's only raced on really soft ground and I'm convinced she wants it quick. I'm fascinated to find out what she's going to do on better ground. In The Present hated the surface at Dundalk on her last run in February, even though she won her maiden there. She never went a yard. She's got bigger and stronger. I'd say seven furlongs is her ideal trip.
Ken Condon, trainer of Schroders Mistake She's rated 89 but we can forgive the Naas run as it came very quickly after her good run at the Curragh. She needs to improve and maybe we will end up coming back in trip with her. It's a tall ask but we think she deserves to take her chance.
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Love Locket, Precious Moments and Tango is a grand filly who's been back in full work for a while. She was consistent last year and is ready to start back. Love Locket is also a nice filly and won her maiden nicely at Naas. Precious Moments is in good order and she has pace - her maiden win at the Curragh was over six furlongs.