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BELIEVING IN DEVON; IRISH ROUND-UP; She looks like a 'Shire thing.

Byline: PETER O'HEHIR

CLASSIC-PLACED Devonshire is strongly fancied to land the listed Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes, highlight on the opening day of Killarney's four-day August meeting.

Willie McCreery's charge must be forgiven a lacklustre effort in Royal Ascot's Jersey Stakes, won by Dutch Connection, a run attributed to the fast ground by her trainer.

So there must be a slight concern that similarly dry ground would mitigate against the Godolphinowned daughter of Fast Company. But, with heavy rain expected last night, this shouldn't be an issue.

And, on the early-season form, Devonshire must have an outstanding chance at this level, having finished second in two Guineas trials at Leopardstown in the spring before more than repaying her supplementary entry fee by finishing a close third in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

On that occasion, Devonshire was beaten two lengths, behind Pleascach and Found. And, clearly, if she can reproduce that sort of effort, she should prove tough to beat.

Dangers include Ger Lyons' course and distance winner Sacrificial, winner of a Galway handicap off 98 last time and the progressive, Jim Bolger-trained Algonquin.

But Devonshire will do for me.

On a tough all-flat card, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Johannes Vermeer is napped to build on his debut third to Mrs King at Tipperary in the opening Irish Stallion Farms 2-Y-0 Maiden.

The step up to an extended mile should suit the son of Galileo, which, with Joseph O'Brien, Seamus Heffernan and Colm O'Donoghue all on duty in York, will be ridden by Emmet McNamara.

David Wachman has prospects with Black Wolf Run, blinkered for the first time, in the Mosscontrol.ie Maiden and Boherbuoy in the Easy Clean Handicap.

Narrowly beaten by Aimhrigin Lass in a maiden on this track last month, Boherbuoy went on to win his maiden in Galway, beating subsequent winner The Crewmaster. With more improvement expected over this longer trip, he might have the edge over Ballydoyle hope Jinsha Lake, winner of his maiden in Navan back in May.

Another to note in this event is Dermot Weld's seasonal debutant Intransive, which won a Gowran Park maiden last October, from the likes of Aloft, Morning Mix, Hans Holbein and Kilimanjaro.

WHILE it's a case of 'weather watch' ahead of today's Juddmonte International in York - with the arrival of rain yesterday a concern to the Gleenagles and Golden Horn camps - no less than five Irish-trained fillies have been declared for tomorrow's Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks, in which Pat Smullen will renew his association with Hugo Palmer's Darley Irish Oaks heroine Covert Love.

The Irish challengers will be Curvy (Wayne Lordan), Pleascach (Kevin Manning), Jack Naylor (Fran Berry) and the Aidan O'Brien-trained pair Easter (Seamus Heffernan) and Outstanding (Colm O'Donoghue).

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THE SAC RACE Sacrificial won in Galway and could be a danger in the Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes today

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 19, 2015
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