Horse Racing

Perfection on the Road to the Top

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Pearling Path has the opportunity to prove its great effort at Royal Ascot no less than the Tyros Stakes Japan Racing Association in Leopardstown.

The Holy Roman Emperor’s dark horse made fledgling coach John O’Donoghue proud at last month’s introductory meeting in Berkshire – beating 80-1 odds to finish second behind Holloway Boy in Chesham Staking.

David Egan crosses the Irish Sea to continue his trip on Group 3 on Thursday night and O’Donoghue is looking forward to seeing how he goes.

He said: “He is in good form and has come out of Ascot very well. He looks like he’s matured and improved a bit, so we’re looking forward to running again.

“This is a natural progression. He just got knocked out in a List race, it looks like he could win. Adolescence is what defeated him and it was a natural step into Group Three.

“I am looking forward to seeing him race around a bend and we are getting the tight ground we have at Royal Ascot. Hopefully he can produce a performance similar to that, that will put him in the frame.

“David has ridden him on the biggest stage and knows horses very well, so we’re glad he’s around and will come in for him.”

Pearling Path’s quest is far from simple, with Aidan O’Brien relying on Age Of Kings to give him a substantial ninth consecutive win in the seven-time contest.

Kingman’s son has reduced his sights a bit after placing fourth at Group Two level in the Railroad Shares at Curragh last month.

Proud And Regal is the prime contender for Donnacha O’Brien, son of pitcher Ballydoyle, who made a big impression when he launched his successful career at Curragh.

“We were hoping Proud And Regal would improve on his first run and we are very pleased with that and he is in good form since Curragh,” the coach said.

“We think he has improved a bit since that first time. I think the track and the ride will suit him so we hope to have a good run.”

Donnacha’s brother Joseph assured Roscommon winner Voce Del Palio, while Ger Lyons and Colin Keane teamed up with another Curragh debut scorer in Hellsing.

The other card of Group Three on Thursday was the Silver Flash Stakes, which featured a rematch between the Lyons-trained Zarinsk and Aidan O’Brien’s Neverending Story.

Zarinsk had Never Ending Story finished third in their respective debuts at Curragh, but Never Ending Story has won since, while Zarinsk finished fourth in Group Two Airlie Stud Stakes last time out.

Barry Mahon, track manager for owner Zarinsk Juddmonte, said: “She ran a great race on the last day. I think she finds six (feathers) a bit short for joining that company.

“I think stepping up to seven would suit her. She’s reimagining O’Brien, who she beat on day one, but I imagine she’s gotten better – she looks a bit chunkier on day two.

“Our cheers were just lightening up a little and getting a little noisy on the last day and she might just need a little more time between that and her prime, but Ger was pleased with her. and said she was thriving.

“It will be a good race.”

Joseph O’Brien is represented by Gowran Park winner Zoinnocent, while Donnacha sits on La Dolce Vita, who came in second behind Zoinnocent before taking one in Tipperary defeating Hans Andersen.

He added: “La Dolce Vita is in good form since Tipperary. I think seven hairpins would work for her and she is a chubby person who should improve.

“She’s grown up so she should improve every time of the year. Hopefully she will run a good race.”

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