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Wachman seeks winning verdict

True Verdict aims to end a run of second places as she lines up in Thursday's Group Three Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown.

The David Wachman-trained filly has filled the runner-up spot on each of her three starts, most recently when beaten a length and a quarter behind the high-class Sendmylovetorose. That filly has since gone on to claim the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket and Wachman believes seven furlongs should aid the claims of his runner.

He said: "We thought it was a good run last time. The winner is pretty good and has won the Cherry Hinton since, but we think our filly is good too. She came out of that race well and is ready for this step up to seven furlongs. She's out of a Sadler's Wells mare so it should suit her. The ground was soft to heavy last time and she didn't really like it, it's soft this time but she will be better on better ground."

Wachman has a second string to his bow in Bronte, who finished a five-and-a-quarter-length seventh on her debut in a Curragh maiden last month.

He added: "We just thought it was a good place to give her a second run but obviously it is a big step up for her."

John Oxx saddles Harasiya, who made a winning debut over the course and distance, and the Currabeg trainer gives True Verdict the utmost respect.

He said: "She won her maiden nicely on softish ground and it will be heavier on Thursday. She seems to handle soft ground and we'll see how she steps up.

"There's one of David Wachman's who was second to the Cherry Hinton winner on her last start and goes on the soft. She'd be a tough one to beat and she'll be a good yardstick. We'll learn more after the race as to where we are with her."

Aidan O'Brien has won the race for the last three years with Maybe (2011), Together (2010) and Cabaret (2009) and he fields Snow Queen this time. The Danehill Dancer filly finished fifth behind the reopposing Reglisse on her racecourse bow earlier this month.

Edward Lynam's Reglisse is one of two runners for owner Lady O'Reilly with the Kevin Prendergast-trained Roseraie also sporting her colours. Katchy Lady and My Special J's complete the six-strong line-up.


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