Ballet Shoes expected to sparkle on stage soon.
Byline: DARK HORSES Justin O'Hanlon identifies the potential winners to have emerged from the last week's action in Ireland
Anytime Now Trainer: Gordon Elliott 2nd in a 2m bumper at Kilbeggan on June 26 In the final race before the short midsummer jumps break, at the end of a filthily wet evening, this gelding by Beneficial ran easily the most eyecatching race of the night.
Given a patient ride by Lisa O'Neill, he improved to challenge just before they turned for home, but once he got there he was carried left by the winner, showed a bit of inexperience himself and from a furlong out he was being held by a winner who might not be too bad. The manner in which they pulled clear of the remainder suggests they are two reasonable horses.
It would be disappointing if he didn't win at least a bumper. Ballet Shoes Aidan O'Brien 5th in a 6f two-year-old fillies' maiden at Naas on June 28 This filly was probably the stable third string in this contest, won by her odds-on stable companion Butterscotch, who went on to finish second to Clemmie in a Group 3 at the Curragh four days later, but she emerged as probably the biggest eyecatcher.
Once ridden in mid-division there was no immediate response, but from over a furlong out she started to race properly and by the time they passed the line she was one of the stronger finishers. The manner in which the Ballydoyle juveniles improve from their debut to their second and third runs appears to be more pronounced this season and plenty more can be expected from this filly.
Dream Malfunction Joseph O'Brien 4th in a 7f two-year-old fillies' maiden at the Curragh on June 30 This Moyglare Stud Stakes entrant was an unconsidered 20-1 shot for her Curragh debut, but she showed plenty and it would be surprising if she cannot produce a bit more.
She was the pick of the paddock in a maiden that normally has plenty of strength in depth. Ridden positively by Wayne Lordan, she was quite professional and responded well to pressure from over two furlongs out, only succumbing inside the final half-furlong and getting a bit tired.
It was an effort that opens up more options. She may well have enough speed to be competitive over six furlongs and she showed a good attitude. She shouldn't have much difficulty in winning at least a maiden.
Forget Nothing Michael O'Callaghan 9th in a 6f two-year-old maiden at the Curragh on July 1 It seems a while since we have featured a juvenile from a stable which has proved a rich source of winners over the past couple of years.
This Kyllachy colt showed a bit of promise in an interesting maiden won by the apparently exposed U S Navy Flag. A little outpaced and green in mid-division, he came under a drive and looked like making some late headway when his path was blocked a couple of times. The rider accepted his fate but he kept on to the line and he looks like a colt who could be capable of plenty of improvement.
vvLast week's winners Greenpanda (10-1), Casla, True Valour, Silverkode and Sea The Lion (all 6-1) were all highlighted in Dark Horses