Friday 8/08/2014

R2 Kilfrush Stud Abergwaun Stakes (LISTED)
R4 Coolmore Canford Cliffs Stakes (LISTED)

Cut Off Time 2:35am

"MICK HALFORD'S Russian Soul is fancied to become the third back-to-back winner of the Listed Abergwaun Stakes since 2008 at Tipperary tonight."

"he Listed Coolmore Canford Cliffs Stakes at Tipperary tonight promises a cracker and should be most informative.

It brings together possibly three of the best juveniles in the country in East India, Tombelaine and Covergence. Aidan O’Brien’s trains East India and he is the hardest of the trio to assess, having made his debut at the Curragh last month.

Another Ballydoyle inmate, St Patrick’s Day, went off an odds-on favourite in that maiden, but East India was far from neglected in the market.

Those who rowed in with the son of Galileo got it right, as he quickened in the closing stages to beat fellow newcomer, Michael Halford’s Portage, by a neck.

Portage hasn’t been seen since, but the third, I Will Excel, got well beaten at Cork on Tuesday night, so there are question marks regarding the value of that contest.

O’Brien’s inmates, of course, can improve a bundle for an outing, so it will be interesting to note how East India travels in the market. Tombelaine had Convergence a head behind in third when beaten three parts of a length by another of Ballydoyle’s, Gleneagles, in a Group 3 at Leopardstown last time.

Convergence shaped like a thorough stayer then and has the best of the draw now in one. An extra half a furlong will also play to his strengths and he is the nap choice."