Fresh off the devastating success of Homeless Songs in the Irish 1000 Guineas, Dermot Weld’s yard will be looking up. She was their first winner in the last two weeks after a relatively flat spell. Weld runs five at Gowran Park on Tuesday, looking to maintain the renewed momentum. We’ve assessed their chances alongside 888sport‘s exclusive sign-up offer of Bet £10 and Claim £40 In Bet Bonuses.
Kaliysta (5.20 Gowran Park) SP
This 1m1½f maiden looks ready-made for KALIYSTA to come good at the third time of asking.
By Holy Roman Emperor, Weld’s filly made her debut last July, when fourth in a Leopardstown maiden. However, her two-year-old career was put on hold, with Weld unsurprisingly prioritising the promising future she potentially holds.
She returned last month at Bellewstown and took much closer order. She was third to Aidan O’Brien’s Sun King, a consistent horse on his own right who had been knocking at the door in maiden company. Kaliysta was beaten only 1¾ lengths after 272 days off the track.
That ensures she still has plenty of scope to step forward. The extra furlong-and-a-half should do her no harm at all. The handicapper’s assessment suggests she has a little to find on a couple on this field, but there’s every chance her previous form amounts to more.
Suwayra (5.50 Gowran Park) SP
This open fillies’ is one of the best races of the day on Tuesday. The absence SUWAYRA has to overcome definitely counts against her, but she has looked talented.
All of her four rivals have run within the last five weeks, whereas this daughter of Siyouni, another racing in the colours of the Aga Khan, has not been seen since her maiden victory last July. That was 313 days ago, but the form has worked out very well.
Runner-up Cairde Go Deo was a rampant winner of a Listed race recently, and Suwayra had her 1¼ lengths behind her at Leopardstown over 1m. Like Kaliysta, she is stepping up narrowly in trip, but having stayed 1m well at two, that should be little issue.
Of her rivals, One For Bobby was another impressive maiden winner, while the others are all rated 87 and above. This is a serious contest, but Suwayra has looked the one potentially above the ordinary.
Tharif (6.20 Gowran Park) SP
A 30,000gns purchase as recently as February, THARIF may prove the ultimate slow-burner for Weld, as he has made a slow start to his racing career.
His debut run is excusable for obvious reasons of it being his first time on a racecourse. However, he failed to step forward from that at Navan earlier this month, finishing eighth out of 12 without really getting into contention at 66/1.
Neither of those performances screamed that he would be a winner in the near future, but there are encouraging signs. His two full siblings reached official marks of at least 90, excelling over just beyond 1m, the trip Tharif drops back to in this race.
There is definitely time for him to come good. It may not be immediate, but you can certainly expect improvement from his previous two efforts soon.
Touching Clouds (6.20 Gowran Park) SP
In the same maiden as Tharif, TOUCHING CLOUDS will be making her full debut for Weld in this contest.
With Chris Hayes aboard, she is the number one for the yard and though Tharif’s form has been nothing to shout about, it is telling that the yard’s faith is placed in the filly. Unraced at two, everything will have been geared towards her three-year-old season.
She is by War Front, sire of many a talented miler in Ireland, and is a full sister to Chiara Luna, who raced for the yard in 2017 and 2018. While Chiara Luna never quite scaled the heights at Group level, she was not far off and, more importantly, won on her debut, as Touching Clouds will be seeking to do here.
This distance should be her ideal and you would imagine she will be 100% primed to go first time out here. She has every chance.
Lady Leonora (7.20 Gowran Park) SP
The only one of Weld’s running in handicap company on Tuesday, the five-year-old LADY LEONORA has been a regular over course and distance.
Though well-beaten at the track on her debut, she was clearly going to be a handicapper at her best. Her first start here in that company saw her win in good style last September off a mark of 53.
She is now rated 60, but she ran a very good race over 1m1½f at this track from that mark in October after her victory. That was a good performance and suggested she could rise higher up the ratings yet.
Her two runs in 2022 so far have been disappointing, but they have coincided with a slow time for the yard and came off a 2lb higher mark than she is on for this race. Back to the course and distance she has won at, she could well be competitive once again.
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