Irish Racing Previews
Friday, July 28
First Race: 5.55
Successful in Her Majesty's Plate 12 months ago with Stellar
Mass, Jim Bolger will be bidding to record back-to-back victories in the
feature at Down Royal on Friday with the Godolphin-owned Twilight Payment.
Runner-up behind Order Of St George in the Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown in May, Twilight Payment has yet to run since, and Bolger has fitted the four-year-old with cheekpieces for the first time.
Eight of the past 11 winners of this race were three-year-olds, however the Jessica Harrington-trained Grandee is the only horse in the field of eight to represent his generation in this year’s renewal.
A winner of the King George V Cup at Leopardstown two starts back, the Lope De Vega colt has since run last in the Irish Derby when sent to post a 33-1 shot, but receiving weight from all of his rivals today, he has been provided with a good opportunity to bounce back.
Motherland, trained by Joseph O’Brien, is another horse who disappointed on his last start when not seeing out the 2m5f of the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot, while the Willie Mullins-trained Laws Of Spin faces a tough task at the weights.
Savannah Storm, My Brother, The Tartan Spartan and last year's runner-up Benkei complete the line-up.
With racing underway at 5.55, the ground at Down Royal is good, good to yielding in places.