Preview of Day One of the July Festival at Bellewstown

By Luke

The four day July festival at Bellewstown gets underway with the Irish Stallions EBF Fillies Median Auction Maiden, won last year by Cedars Of Lebanon. Amelia Jane has been building on every run, she was last seen finishing fifth at Limerick when not having the clearest run home. She was ran across and was still a bit green. She seemed to see out the seven furlongs strongly when finishing off well down the outside. The visor is now applied which I think will help her through the race. With Nathan Crosse claiming seven pounds I think she will go close at 10/1.

Race three is the Drogheda Traders Handicap over seven furlongs and a half. War Hero was last seen finishing second behind Yuften at Limerick off level weights. War Hero now receives a stone and only has half a length between him and Yuften. This son of Declaration Of War has a decent draw in stall five and I think he will go close at 4/1.

Race four is the Drogheda Traders Plate Qualified Riders Handicap over two miles and one furlong. Take A Turn looks to be on a very winnable mark of 67. This Gordon Elliot trained gelding was last seen on the flat finishing second at Leopardstown. He had Kerosin in behind on that occasion. If he can reproduce that form I think he will go one better at 11/4.

Race five is the Tara Stud Handicap over seven and a half furlongs. Jupiter Road has seemed a little tripless of late running over eight, nine and ten furlongs, and while running good races he is just failing to get his head infront. His sole win came over seven furlongs when winning at Dundalk in February. The return to seven furlongs will hopefully see him get his head infront at 9/2.

Race six is Division 1 of the Tote Handicap over seven furlongs. Highly Approved has been drawn in the ideal stall one. She was last seen finishing second to Goodnite Irina at Leopardstown last month. Prior to that she ran three nice races without getting her head infront. She is in good form and I think she will run another good race at 3/1.

Race eight is the Tote Fillies Maiden over one mile and four furlongs. South Sea Pearl looks to be wanting the step up in trip to one mile and four furlongs. This daughter of Galileo was last seen finishing third at the Curragh over one mile and two furlongs. That was an improvement from her first outing when she finished sixth. I think there is more improvement to come and I think she will get her head infront at 7/4.

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