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Big hope: Jessica Harrington sends out Cayenne Pepper

Big hope: Jessica Harrington sends out Cayenne Pepper

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Big hope: Jessica Harrington sends out Cayenne Pepper

Epsom Derby hero Serpentine was only fifth on his seasonal debut in a Curragh maiden before bolting up a fortnight later and taking the blue riband a further seven days on, with the Galileo colt showing all the benefits of having a run under the belt.

The parallels between Serpentine and Cayenne Pepper may not be immediately obvious, but Jessica Harrington's three-year-old ran a belter on her seasonal bow when chasing home the brilliant Magical in the Pretty Polly and the best is yet to come in this evening's Group One Irish Oaks (7.15pm).

Harrington had no issue with stating that she expected the daughter of Australia to struggle in that company as she was some way off full fitness 21 days ago, while jockey Shane Foley insists that "she has turned inside out in the last couple of weeks".

With Epsom heroine Love, Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Peaceful and French Oaks victor Fancy Blue sidestepping the Curragh Classic, Cayenne Pepper looks too hot to handle with the step up to 1m4f sure to suit.

Aidan O'Brien - the only Irish trainer to lift this prize in the past 17 years - saddles half of the eight-runner field with Epsom Oaks second Ennistymon respected under Wayne Lordan despite being resoundingly beaten behind brilliant stablemate Love.

It doesn't look the hottest renewal of the €250,000 contest, but Cayenne Pepper was easily the best of the octet as a juvenile and can prove a class apart to hand Harrington her first triumph in the fillies' Classic.

The undercard at the Kildare track is swamped in Group Two races with Joseph O'Brien holding all the aces in the Curragh Cup (4.45pm) as last year's winner Twilight Payment looked better than ever when making all to take the Vintage Crop Stakes with stablemate Master Of Reality back in sixth.

He is likely to strip much fitter this time around after blowing some cobwebs away, with the pair in line to head for Australia later this year, but Twilight Payment can make it back-to-back successes if the seven-year-old gets to control things from the front once again under Declan McDonogh.

Ken Condon's stable star Romanised heads affairs in the Minstrel Stakes (5.45pm), but the 2018 Irish 2,000 Guineas hero may be vulnerable on his seasonal debut - he has misfired in recent seasons following a break - and Lancaster House can take advantage.

Aidan O'Brien's four-year-old has the benefit of a run when taking care of Speak In Colours - which has scored twice in recent weeks - in impressive fashion in a recent Group Three and is preferred under Lordan.

Subsequent Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Siskin won last year's Railway Stakes (6.45pm) and Condon's Laws Of Indices is worth an each way shout at bigger prices having improved to score on his second start last month

Belfast Telegraph