O'Brien praying latest big hopes will shine
Aidan O'Brien's latest batch of bluebloods will be the centre of attention at Naas today on a seven-race card confined to juveniles.
The Ballydoyle handler fields three in the Fillies Maiden, headed by Forever Together, who is a full sister to Group One winner Together Forever and a half-sibling to Lord Shanakill.
She is the mount of Wayne Lordan, with Seamie Heffernan teaming up with Gloriously and Derby-winning jockey Padraig Beggy on A Long Time Ago, who is a sister to Cliffs Of Moher.
O'Brien also runs three in the Maiden, with his son Donnacha getting the up on Conclusion, a Deep Impact colt out of Maiden winner Cherokee. Lordan is on newcomer Kenya, while Heffernan is with Flag Of Honour.
Conquest is the Ballydoyle representative in the Nursery Handicap and, while she has failed to make an impact in three starts to date, she has a star pedigree as a full sister to Minding.
The most valuable race at the fixture is the Auction Maiden in which the John Oxx-trained Night Of Power might be the one to beat.
Aurora Eclipse was another to make a promising debut, going down by half a length at Fairyhouse in July, and she returns in the Naas Racecourse Maiden.
Michael O'Callaghan's filly has most to fear from the Kevin Prendergast-trained Hawaam.
Yolo Star returns in the Book Hospitality Online Nursery Handicap, and Moltoir drops in grade for the Claiming Race.