Sheila Lavery is hoping to end a fine season on a high at Leopardstown tomorrow when she sends Breaking Story into battle in the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes.
The Dandy Man colt created a big impression on his debut at the Curragh in August when he made a winning debut in a smart looking maiden that has produced a number of subsequent winners. Last time out he had to settle for seventh in the Listed Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse but the trainer is hoping a return to seven furlongs will bring out the best in her charge.
“He just found the six furlongs at Fairyhouse a bit sharp last time. I’d love to have been able to educate him further before stepping up to this level but we’ve just had a lack of options for him and he’s going to take his chance as this will be his last run of the season,” reported the trainer. “He’s in good shape but ideally I’d have preferred if this race was a week or ten days later.”
Among Breaking Story’s rivals are the one-two from the Listed Star Appeal Stakes at Dundalk earlier this month, Joseph O’Brien’s No Needs Never and the Frankel colt Old Glory who will be bidding to give Aidan O’Brien a twelfth win in the race. The line up also includes Patrick Prendergast’s the 103-rated colt Could Be King whose previous form at pattern level includes a good fourth to Anthony Van Dyck in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes.
In the Listed Trigo Stakes Riven Light returns to domestic action following an unplaced effort in South Korea last month. On his last start in Ireland the six-year-old produced one of the standout handicap efforts of recent times when defying top weight to make it back to back wins in the Colm Quinn BMW Mile at Galway.
“He has come back from Korea in good form and he’s been fine since. He just didn’t handle the surface in Seoul and from very early in the race it was obvious that he wasn’t going to operate,” reported Riven Light’s trainer Willie Mullins earlier this week.
Riven Light’s rivals include the Ken Condon stalwart Success Days who finished a close fifth in the Royal Whip Stakes last time. The progressive Still Standing steps up to stakes level for the first time as he bids to make it four wins from five starts this season while Joe Murphy’s Insignia Of Rank steps up sharply in grade after picking up a 23 pounds rise in the weights for recent handicap wins at Tipperary and Limerick. Zorion and Flight Risk represent Jim Bolger while further interest is supplied by the lightly raced three-year-olds North Face and Flavius.
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