Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

All hopes on Qewy in the 12-furlong Listed Lenebane Stakes

John Oxx relies on the promising Qewy in a bid to plunder his fifth win since 2008 in Roscommon's showpiece Flat race, the 12-furlong Listed Lenebane Stakes.

Third behind the Irish Derby hero Trading Leather at Gowran Park in the autumn, Oxx's three-year-old Street Cry colt was impressive when slamming a couple of subsequent winners on his June reappearance at Navan.

He is clearly a smart sort that should figure prominently here, but Mick Winters' versatile mare Missunited is fancied to have his measure.

Aidan O'Brien's El Salvador is another with claims, but Missunited's form looks the pick of what's on offer.

El Salvador was two lengths adrift in third that day, and the suspicion is that Winters' game six-year-old can enhance her pedigree by confirming that form with a win in this 40,000 euros affair under Seamie Heffernan.

The Ballydoyle rider could initiate a brace on Willie Mullins' Legal Lyric, which is on a hat-trick in the ITBA Western Region Fillies' Handicap. O'Brien has recent narrow Gowran winner One True Love among the 10 in this, with Lily Of Kenmare also one of note.

In the Property Partners Earley Auctioneers Maiden, Belle De Crecy gets the nap vote for the double-jobbing Johnny Murtagh.

Rivals Prima Vista and Senor George have been placed on their respective sole outings on the level, but Belle De Crecy's 100pc record of making the frame in her three career starts give a more discernible handle on her ability.

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