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Promising Leaderboard can tee off for O'Brien; DARK HORSES Justin O'Hanlon identifies the potential winners to have emerged from the last week's action in Ireland.

Roses Queen Trainer: Patrick Prendergast 6th, 7f two-year-old median auction fillies' maiden, Roscommon, August 8 The soft ground took a bit of an early toll on these juveniles despite them having the best of the ground to race on, but this filly still showed some definite promise.

It was a race not many got into, this filly more than most after a slow start. She started to make some headway before they turned for home, modest though it was, but from more than a furlong out she picked up considerably better and came home as well as anything.

It was a very promising first effort in the circumstances and she may have got into the money but for her early sluggishness. She looks certain to improve and should get a mile without difficulty, but whether she wants it this soft will become more apparent.

Nuqood Kevin Prendergast 5th, 1m1f fillies' maiden, Leopardstown, August 10 Having finished down the field on heavy ground on her debut at Gowran in early June, this filly seemed more at home on the surface at Leopardstown and showed some improvement.

After missing the break and racing towards the back of the field she made reasonable headway to be in touch towards the end of the back straight, but when the pace quickened again she was caught flat-footed. However she did stay on well in the straight. She looks capable of stepping up in trip and there is every possibility she could be effective in handicaps over 1m2f or further.

Downtown Diva Jack Davison 4th, 5f two-year-old maiden, Tipperary, August 11 This filly was the first runner for this rookie trainer and showed enough to suggest he won't be waiting too long to get off the mark.

After missing the break she was settled at the back of the field, moved closer two furlongs out and when asked for her effort ran very green. However, she began to pick up that bit better inside the final furlong and saw her race out very well.

She clearly has ability, but whether she has enough speed to win over this trip remains to be seen. She certainly looks good enough to win at least a maiden.

Leaderboard Charles O'Brien 4th, 1m two-year-old maiden, Curragh, August 13 It has been a quiet couple of seasons for the County Kildare trainer on the Flat at least, and this looks potentially the nicest horse he has had in a little while.

The maiden he contested was short on numbers but looked high on quality and this newcomer certainly played his part. Settled just off the pace, he came with a reasonable challenge over a furlong out and managed to sustain it until his effort just flattened out a bit inside the last hundred yards. It was a very promising effort and one that should be improved plenty upon. He should have little difficulty in winning a maiden.

By Street Cry, he appeared at home on the fast ground and might be interesting dropped back to 7f. VVLAST week's winners Zabalan (10-1), Ballot Box (8-1) & Ballet Shoes (11-4) were all highlighted in Dark Horses. Keep tabs on Justin O'Hanlon's Dark Horses by entering them in your Horse Tracker at racingpost.com

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