An Stac can sign off on 2019 in style


The Shelbourne Park year will end in style this evening, with the Christmas Oaks decider featuring on a card packed with sweepstake finals. (stock photo)
The Shelbourne Park year will end in style this evening, with the Christmas Oaks decider featuring on a card packed with sweepstake finals. (stock photo)

The Shelbourne Park year will end in style this evening, with the Christmas Oaks decider featuring on a card packed with sweepstake finals.

The contest which boasts a winner’s purse of €7,000 should provide a real spectacle, with a number of Ireland’s fastest females in the line-up.

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Fastest in last weekend’s semis was Ballymac Petsy and she, again, holds outstanding claims. An Stac is the one to beat, however.

The Francie Murray-trained star is unbeaten in the competition after two wonderful front-running displays in the past fortnight, although she will need a similar run this evening. Te Amo also holds strong claims after setting the standard in the quarter-finals.

She finished behind Ballymac Petsy last week but has the pace to get involved. So too does Ballymac Wisdom, although she needs to be at her sharpest from a trap-four draw. The same applies to Jaytee Sienna from trap five. That leaves Battle Cry to complete the line-up.

Battle Cry’s supporters will be hoping she can turn close before making her power from halfway count.

An Stac gets the nod but don’t be surprised if Battle Cry arrives late, especially if the conditions are testing.

Black Parachute is chosen to atone for an odds-on semi-final defeat in the final of the John Slyne Memorial at Curraheen Park, Cork. The Graham Holland-trained powerhouse is really suited to the 575-yard trip and, if starting on terms, could be very hard to contain.

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