While the Aintree meeting takes centre-stage on Saturday, we look at three bets away from Liverpool on a bumper weekend of racing.
The Ballysax Stakes is the highlight on a decent card at Leopardstown on Saturday and it might be worth taking on the Aidan O’Brien pair with an interesting runner in the colours of Juddmonte Farm.
Dermot Weld has kicked off the season in remarkable form, enjoying no fewer than four winners at this track earlier in the week, and given that O’Brien runners traditionally need their seasonal reappearance runs, Tankerville makes plenty of appeal at decent odds.
The son of Kitten’s Joy has only had one start to date but that was a very impressive performance, winning a 16-runner Gowran maiden in good style. He shaped that day like he would appreciate the step up in trip that he gets here and he could be ready to roll on his return from a 165-day absence.
Weld has targeted this race down the years, notably winning it with the likes of Fascinating Rock and subsequent 2016 Derby winner, Harzand, and it would be no surprise if he can make it three wins from the last six renewals with this promising individual.
Earlier on the card, the 1000 Guineas trial could hold plenty of clues to the season ahead and Lady Keya could be hard to beat after an excellent two-year-old campaign.
She finished runner-up to the highly-regarded Skitter Scatter in a Curragh Group 1 last season, just two lengths behind her rival, and she wasn’t disgraced subsequently at Newmarket in a high-class renewal of the Cheveley Park Stakes.
The ground wouldn’t have been in her favour that da,y so it’s probably worth upgrading that performance and she’s got a better draw (2) for this race than her likely market rival, Iridessa (10).
She would probably be shorter for this race if she represented bigger connections and is not one to under-estimate this season.