Fame to bask in glory
Consistent sort FAME AND ACCLAIM (1.30) can take the Glencairn Stakes at Naas. Joseph O'Brien's three-year-old has been busy this season and has more than paid his way with a mid-season hat-trick at Cork, The Curragh and Punchestown the highlight.
His third to Keats and Free Solo in the Navigation Stakes at Cork shows that he retains his form well. That was on a fast surface and while he is adaptable, a mile with some juice in the ground is probably the perfect recipe.
Epona Plays is an obvious danger, and Willie McCreery's progressive and ground versatile filly impressed when taking the Cordell Stakes over nine furlongs at Gowran Park last time. While that is her ideal track and trip she is clearly a big contender here.
There are two strong UK raiders in the Athasi Stakes and the William Haggas trained WITH THANKS (2.00) is of interest with Chris Hayes in the plate.
This lightly raced sort was a close second to Onassis in the October Fillies Stakes over this trip at Goodwood and the winner was then a close up sixth to Glen Shiel in the Champion Sprint at Ascot.
Archie Watson and Ben Coen teamed up successfully with Parent's Prayer in the Garnet Stakes at the last meeting here and they combine again now with Hidden Sky who is on an upward curve but her best form is on faster ground.
So Wonderful looks best of the home squad though Best On Stage was second in the Garnet Stakes and should go well again.
Jim Bolger has struck form with a vengeance and DUBLIN JOURNAL (1.00) was promising in his first three races and has a perfect chance to open his account now.