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Tough test awaiting Eye Of The Storm.

3.25 Listowel Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes 1m4f Listed ATR Card page 40 THE one-eyed Eye Of The Storm goes left-handed for the first time in this race, which was promoted to Listed level two years ago.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt, off the track after finishing runner-up in the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown until running second to Missunited at Galway this month, has no left eye.

O'Brien said: "Eye Of The Storm ran off the first bend at Galway and found himself further back than ideal. He finished the race well and has been in good form since. It won't be easy for him and we'll just have to see how he copes going left-handed. The heavy ground won't be ideal but he's won on it."

O'Brien was successful with Chamonix a year ago and is also represented by Beach Of Falesa. He said: "She should handle the ground and we're hoping she might earn some black type."

Returning from an absence of more than three years is the Jim Bolger-trained Carraiglawn, a Listed winner over 1m2f at the Curragh in June 2010 who last ran when finishing sixth in that year's Irish Derby.

Owner Barry Connell is two-handed, with the versatile pair Inis Meain, one place behind Eye Of The Storm at Galway nine days ago and a Listed winner over 1m5f at Limerick in May, and Minsk, the 2011 Irish Cesarewitch winner who finished third in today's event a year ago.

Inis Meain's trainer Denis Hogan said: "He will like the ground, having run well at Galway last time, when conditions were a bit quick for him."

Minsk is making his first appearance since finishing fifth in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Tony O'Hehir


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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Sep 18, 2013
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