Big chance for Scintillula
Published 14/04/2013 | 14:56
Jim Bolger will surely leave Leopardstown disappointed if Scintillula is unable to convert a golden opportunity in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden on Monday.
The daughter of Galileo was far too green to do herself justice on her racecourse debut at the Curragh last August, finishing down the field in seventh.
Despite that apparent no-show, Bolger had enough confidence in his youngster to throw her in at the deep end in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, faith that was rewarded as she ran a superb race to fill the runner-up spot behind Sky Lantern.
She finished off her juvenile year with a creditable effort in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket and with a three-figure rating, this full-sister to the smart Cuis Ghaire should get off the mark.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained Indian Chief is likely to be similarly well fancied in the opening Bulmers Live At Leopardstown Summer Racedays 2013 Maiden.
Although beaten into second when an odds-on favourite for a Navan maiden last October, in hindsight that was an excellent effort.
The two-and-a-quarter-length winner, Bolger's Loch Garman, went on to claim Group One glory in France's Criterium International the following month and Indian Chief will surely be difficult to beat on his return.
The potential fly in the ointment is Bolger's Tonabrocky, who ran a couple of sound races in defeat last year behind high-class colts in Zand and Foundry.
It could turn into an excellent afternoon for the Coolcullen handler, with his Cork scorer Aurifodina the one to be with in the www.INBA.ie Student Betting Voucher Handicap.
Patrick Prendergast turns Tantalising out just over a week after his Curragh win for the Spin 1038 Rated Race, while Dermot Weld's Stuccodor has a good opportunity to register his fourth successive triumph in the Ross Nugent Foundation Handicap.