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Weld hoping for another Oaks Trial success

Wednesday: 7.10 Naas
Al Shira'aa Racing Irish EBF Naas Oaks Trial (Listed) | 1m2f | 3yo fillies | RTV

Very few of these have shown their full hand yet and, although none of the field boast a triple-figure rating, there is any amount of untapped potential on the table and Johnny Murtagh could produce a straight flush with the unbeaten One For Bobby.

She was a surprise 33-1 winner on her debut in a Gowran Park maiden last month but returned to the venue three weeks later to land a conditions event that looked quite hot on paper. She is progressing fast and this is another step up the ladder.

Suwayra has two and three-quarter lengths to find with One For Bobby from their clash 29 days ago but that was the Dermot Weld-trained filly's first start of the season and she could now pose a much sterner challenge with that outing under her belt. She was slowly away and didn't get much room to manoeuvre up the home straight.

Weld, who has won the race three times in the last decade with Caponata (2012), Carla Bianca (2014) and Discipline (2016), has decided to apply blinkers for the first time and it would come as little surprise to see her give One For Bobby a much bigger fright on this occasion.

Suwayra certainly looked smart when she won her maiden at Leopardstown on her sole start as a juvenile and the runner-up is now rated 102 having won two Listed races.

Seisai brings some very solid form. She ran against Homeless Songs in the 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown earlier in the season and last time in the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh she was only three lengths behind Irish Derby-bound Hannibal Barca.

Indeed, she endured a troubled passage there and was value for finishing closer.

The Algarve only beat one home in the Oaks, finishing tenth of 11 behind stablemate Tuesday, but with Ryan Moore on board she still looks the best of the Ballydoyle bunch as Aidan O'Brien bids to win the race for a sixth time.

What they say
Joseph O'Brien, trainer of Seisai and Grecian Slipper
Seisai is a very solid filly who ran well in the Gallinule and the ten furlongs here will suit her well. We're looking for more black type for her if we can get it. Grecian Slipper won her maiden nicely last time and the form of her two races have worked out very well. She has a live each-way chance in what looks a very competitive race.

Tom Mullins, trainer of Female Solider
She left a nice impression at Leopardstown and this was against the same age and sex and over the same distance as her maiden win so we thought we'd come here. A couple of jockeys who rode her before Leopardstown said she would win a maiden, she had been working nicely.

Dermot Weld, trainer of Suwayra
I thought she ran a very creditable race on her comeback. I expect her to run a big race and hopefully she can pick up some black type. The blinkers are just to help her concentrate.

 

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