DARK HORSES Promising Fridtjof set to build on Oxx debut; Justin O'Hanlon identifies the potential winners to have emerged from the last week's action in Ireland.
Tonkin Trainer: Patrick Prendergast 2nd, mile two-year-old maiden, Killarney, August 23 Time will tell how good or otherwise this opening juvenile contest at Killarney's August festival was, but the winner Kew Gardens scored in the manner of a nice horse and looks a smart middle-distance prospect, and the runner-up also shaped well on debut and looks sure to improve.
One of the picks of the paddock, Tonkin was keen during the race and when the winner quickened up he couldn't match the pace of that colt. However, he stuck to his task well and shaped as if the experience would bring him on a good deal.
Mile maidens are hard to win at this time of the year and he may well be seen to better effect in a nursery before the season's end, but he certainly has the ability to win races. Yaiza Liam Burke 6th, 2m1f maiden hurdle, Killarney, August 26 This was an interesting maiden hurdle. It did not look particularly strong but it had a few talking points. Not least was the performance of the winner Balakani, who bolted up after being reluctant to jump off, but this son of Well Made showed enough on his debut to suggest he can score.
Held up off the pace, he was making late progress and looked like challenging for a place when he was quite badly hampered by a faller at the second-last and lost a fair bit of momentum. However, the way he picked up again from the final flight - he came home well - shows he has something. He may well fare better in handicap company and should win a race or two.
Fridtjof Nansen John Oxx 4th, mile two-year-old maiden, Curragh, August 27 A maiden won impressively by Ballydoyle second-string Saxon Warrior. It was an interesting race and should produce plenty of good winners, and is responsible for two entries in this week's column.
A son of Kyllachy with a 100,000gns price tag as a yearling, Fridtjof Nansen posted one of the more eyecatching displays of the season. Held up off the pace, he was making smooth headway towards the far side of the track when he ran into all sorts of traffic difficulties.
By the time he found room the race was over, but inside the final furlong he picked up really well to be a fast-finishing fourth.
If he fails to win a maiden in the very near future it would have to be considered a disappointment. He could be quite smart.
The Kid Bobby B Ger Lyons 8th, mile two-year-old maiden, Curragh, August 27 The performance of this colt was not as flashy as that of Fridtjof Nansen, but contained plenty of promise nonetheless.
Settled off the pace, he was in touch with the principals when asked to get a bit closer near the two-furlong pole, but like Fridtjof Nansen he also ran into some traffic, which cost him momentum and ended his chance. He could be one for a Dundalk maiden in the coming weeks or months.
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