2.30 Gowran Park
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Hurry Harriet Stakes | 1m1½f | Listed | 3yo+ | RTV
This Listed prize has been dominated by Aidan O'Brien and Dermot Weld in the last eight years and a similar outcome looks likely in 2020.
Archie Watson has been the only other trainer to sneak on to the roll of honour since 2012. O'Brien has been successful with Twirl (2012). Easter (2015), Alluringly (2017) and Goddess (2019), while Weld has won with Along Came Casey (2013), Carla Bianca (2014) and Adool (2016).
It is the Ballydoyle trainer who appears to hold all the aces on this occasion as he is responsible for the two highest-rated fillies in the race. Oaks runner-up Ennistymon is rated 107, while Irish Oaks fourth Laburnum has a mark of 105.
Judged on the Irish Oaks, Laburnum is the number one from Ballydoyle. She was always prominent and was beaten only four lengths into fourth behind Even So.
Ennistymon, who was only 3-1, was almost six lengths behind in eighth. Perhaps her Epsom exertions were catching up with her.
Laburnum is unexposed and lightly raced. The fact that she was able to get within a neck of Even So in the Naas Oaks Trial last months is another positive. This will be only her fourth start, so there should be more to come.
She is a prominent racer who likes to get on with things, so a track like Gowran Park is ideal, as seen on her debut when she won over course and distance. That form has been franked by runner-up Thunder Kiss.
Laburnum could take some pegging back from the front, but Kassaba is another filly we have not seen the best of yet.
However, the ratings tell us Kassaba faces a stiff task. She has a mark of 96, 11lb short of Ennistymon, but she stepped up on anything she had shown previously when third in a Listed race at Killarney last time and every time we see her she gets better.
Laburnum is the most solid option, but at a much bigger price Kassaba is a viable alternative.
What they say
Joseph O'Brien, trainer of Crotchet, A New Dawn and Chrysalism
A New Dawn is a consistent filly. She's got black type already and we're looking to win a stakes race with her now. Crotchet looks better than ever this year and she wasn't beaten far in a Group 2 at the Curragh last time. I think this course and distance will suit her. Like A New Dawn, she has black type, so we're now looking to win a stakes race with her. Chrysalism has been knocking on the door in this type of race and seems in good form.
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Ennistymon and Laburnum
We're going back in trip with Laburnum, but she has won over this trip at the track, so we think she'll cope with it. She's been in good form since the Irish Oaks. That race was just too slowly run for Ennistymon. She was keen early and didn't relax at all. That's what we're putting that poor run down to and we think she's a lot better than she showed there.
Dermot Weld, trainer of Kassaba
We're fortunate to have a very good record in this race and I can see Kassaba running a very big race. She ran a cracker at Killarney and wasn't beaten far at all. She tries very hard. She's a bit inexperienced, and that worries me a little bit, as does Laburnum, who stands out on form.