The first race of the flat season kicks off with a group of unraced 2-year olds making things hard to asses. Poetic Flare has a nice middle-distance pedigree so it`s interesting his connections are starting this Dawn Approach Colt of so early in this race here. He must be showing the right signs at home and he is taken to make a winning debut for a trainer who does well with his runners here at Naas.
Shaped with promise on his only start as a 2-year-old with a fourth-place finish at the Curragh back in October. That form alone gives this son of Kodiac leading claims and with normal improvement over the winter months, he could just have a bit too much speed for the likely favourite Knight Of Malta.
A previous heavy ground winner Arcanears looks likely to be thereabouts in a competitive looking handicap. The Mick Halford trained runner has posted some good efforts on the a/w at Dundalk this winter including a victory over this trip last time out. His Jockey takes a handy 10lbs off and he looks the type to pick up an early-season handicap like this, finished 2nd in this event last season.
Finished her 2-year-old season not being beaten far in a Group 3 at Leopardstown, the Jonny Murtagh trained runner looks interesting back in handicap company today. A mark of 93 looks ok on the pick of her form last season and connections also take advantage of Danny Sheehy`s 5lb claim.
Sir Dragonet will obviously be a tough nut to crack but at the likely odds it`s worth looking elsewhere. Brogue put in a good display on his only start to date beating a now 103 rated horse in comfortable fashion. This Frankel Colt looks the type to reward connections patience this season.
Ger Lyons runs a couple of nice types here but at the price preference is for what looks the stable second string. This filly improved with every run last year finishing the season by breaking her maiden tag at Gowran under similar conditions. She looks the type who will improve again at 3.
Showed up well over this CD on his only start as a 2-year-old. His trainer’s runners generally improve with time and this Invincible Spirit colt looks another the yard should do well with, holds entries in both Irish Guineas and Derby.