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Carrytheone: won at Gowran Park last month for coach Johnny Murtagh

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Johnny Murtagh’s Carrytheone enters the contest fresher than most given that his 7f Gowran Park win last month was only his second start of the season.

Carrytheone won with some authority by ceding ground to Gowran and the handicapper thought the performance was impressive enough to raise him to a 106 (down from 101).

He will still have to improve to win, but given that he doesn’t have a lot of miles on the clock and manages this soft terrain, he is the obvious starting point in the search for the winner.

Ado McGuinness won this Group 3 award 12 months ago with Current Option and Casanova represents the same connections. However, Pretreville looks the more interesting of McGuinness’s two runners given he has decent form and is versatile on the ground.

A seven-time winner in France, Pretreville changed hands for 95,000gns in horse training sales and is a fascinating rider given he has the highest score of 112.

A Ma Chere represents Dermot Weld, who has won it five times since 2010. Winner of one of his six starts, A Ma Chere will manage the field but must find improvements to be in the reshuffle.

Loch Lein could prove to be a much bigger threat to the boys. She proved how well she does on soft ground by winning a Listed prize on 7f at Deauville in July. Close third in the Group 3 Scepter Stakes on much faster ground at Doncaster last time around, she ranks a major player here.

Joseph O’Brien also has a strong hand with Snapraeterea, Rocket Science and Emphatic Answer.

What they say

Johnny Murtagh, Carrytheone Coach
He came out of Gowran Park very well. He has a little to do on the odds but is doing very well at home.

Ado McGuinness, coach of Casanova and Pretreville
Casanova is worth it at this level and comes here in good shape. Pretreville is a new recruit from France and he is a beautiful horse. He’s the highest rated in the line-up and seems versatile on the ground, though he wouldn’t want him to be super soft.

Joseph O’Brien, Snapraetera, Rocket Science and Emphatic Answer trainer
The course and distance should be fine for Snapraeterea and he will appreciate the soft terrain. He’s a Listed winner and we hope he can win at Group 3 level. Rocket Science is still doing well at Tipperary. She did well at Gowran Park last week and we hope for another good race from her. We were happy with Emphatic Answer and the way it trained. It’s probably as sharp as she would like, but she’s in good shape and we would love if she could get some black dude.

Jessica Harrington, Loch Lein coach
She is in great shape and we hope she will have a really big race. Seven stadiums on loose ground will be fine and we are very optimistic.

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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 6:00 p.m., 3 OCT 2021


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