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Palace can crown Aidan O'Brien's winning run

By Richard Forristal

Aidan O'Brien's resurgence could continue in the featured Irish Stallion Farms EBF Oaks Trial at Naas tonight with the Epsom seventh, Palace.

The Ballydoyle maestro saddled two winners and four seconds at Royal Ascot last week and both his runners on Sunday and Monday collected. He has three in total in tonight's £50,000 heat, but Palace appeals as the one best equipped to prevail under his son Joseph.

The champion jockey's mount has to overturn a length-and-a-quarter deficit with Paul Deegan's Avenue Gabriel on their fourth and fifth placings in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

However, she is four pounds better off here, with the prevailing fast ground also likely to suit this Fastnet Rock filly.

Prior to her Oaks turn, Palace never had the chance to race on anything better than yielding to soft. On decent going at Epsom, she ran well for a long way, so the drop to 10 furlongs should suit here.

Along with Avenue Gabriel, Dermot Weld's Carla Bianca could prove to be one of the most potent threats to the selection.

A very smart juvenile, the Dansili filly broke her duck in grand style over this trip on fast ground at Navan recently and after that run she remains open to further progression.

Weld and Pat Smullen could take the opening two-year-old race with Baroque Poet, which was a respectable fifth on its Curragh bow last month.

The Aga Khan's first-timer Sarifyla is also interesting for the same firm in the finale, while the day's nap vote goes to Andy Oliver's Eloge.

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