FLOWER POWER; IRISH RACING: PREVIEWS GOWRAN PARK'S MIXED CARD Chrysanthemum can notch hat-trick in Listed contest.
CHRYSANTHEMUM can continue her fine start to the season in the featured Irish Stallion Farms EBF Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes at Gowran this afternoon.
The David Wachman-trained fouryear-old has already won twice this season and looks to have excellent prospects of completing a Stakes race hat-trick.
On her comeback at the Curragh in March, the Danehill Dancer filly posted a fine effort to land the Park Express Stakes over a mile.
She then coped with the step up to 10 furlongs in the Alleged Stakes two weeks ago where she defied a Group 3 penalty in good style.
Remarkably this will be the first time in her career that she has run anywhere other than the Curragh, but this should not deter her supporters.
She is a straightforward sort who shouldn't have any problem with the switch to Gowran and she gets the vote over Zaminast.
That rival has plenty of ground to make up on Chrysanthemum having finished over 10 lengths behind her in the Alleged.
However, that was not Zaminast's true form and if she can return to her best she will be a major player.
She won a Listed race at the end of last season and was second in a Group 3 over this course and distance in September.
At her best she is a very talented sort and on ratings she is two pounds superior to Chrysanthemum.
David Wachman and Wayne Lordan could combine for a double with Queenscliff in the three-yearold handicap. Another daughter of Danehill Dancer, she has to deal with the burden of top weight, but her last two efforts earn her the vote.
Last time out she was just touched off over this course and distance when going down to Brog Deas.
That horse has since gone on to win twice more which gives the form a very solid look. Queenscliff also won at Dundalk in March and if she can cope with the heavy ground she should be able to deal with the challenge of Dragon Khan.
He is looking to build on a good run at Navan last week where he chased home Equity Swap in a 10-furlong handicap.
haT Re Lin Iri The mile handicap could fall to the Reggie Roberts-trained Gunner Lindley who made an encouraging Irish debut at Naas last month.
Ba ha th On that occasion, he chased home Bankroll in a seven furlong handicap and his finishing effort there suggested that he would relish stepping up to a mile.
He is six pounds better off with Bankroll and his biggest danger O steHBa could come from Park Ranger, who wasn't at his best at the Curragh two weeks ago.
However, Park Ranger won't have any trouble with the heavy ground and he is just three pounds higher than when winning a decent event at Listowel in September.
Following two good runs in defeat last autumn, Wonderful looks the obvious choice in the fillies maiden.
Elsewhere, exciting prospect The Westener Boy makes his jumping debut in the maiden hurdle.
He looked a horse of major potential when winning a Fairyhouse bumper in January and he should be too strong for today's rivals.
Smile Crocodile's Down Royal win has been working out well and he may be able to follow up in the handicap hurdle.
WACHMAN ACE IS MAG-IC Chrystanthemum runs in the colours of John Magnier (left) at Gowran Park today DOUBLE CHANCE: Wayne Lordan (left) has two David Wachman mounts today