Rehana bids for Brownstown

Mick Halford, trainer of Rehana

Trainer Mick Halford is keeping his fingers crossed Rehana can put her Irish 1,000 Guineas flop behind her in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse on Wednesday.

The daughter of Dark Angel emerged as a major contender for the fillies' Classic following an impressive display in the Athasi Stakes at Naas.

However, after a positive ride, she weakened quickly in the final two furlongs, passing the post in fifth before being demoted to sixth place after she was deemed to have caused interference to Bean Feasa.

She drops in distance and class for this Group Three assignment and Halford is hopeful his filly will show her true colours.

"She ran a bit free and didn't stay in the Guineas, but we've been happy with her since," said the Doneaney-based handler.

"She's coming back to seven furlongs on a turning track and I think that will suit her much better.

"We're also putting the hood on her. She's been wearing it at home and it seems to settle her, so hopefully it has a positive effect.

"Her run in Naas would give her every chance."

Rehana faces seven rivals, including a pair of British challengers in Ralph Beckett's Golden Stunner and the Roger Varian-trained Realtra.

Realtra won the All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championships at Lingfield on Good Friday and was not far behind the top-class Qemah on her return to the turf in the Chartwell Fillies' Stakes.

She was a shade disappointing in a Listed event at Musselburgh on her latest appearance, but Varian expects to see her in a better light on Wednesday.

He told www.varianstable.com: "Realtra ran OK in a messy race at Musselburgh and the form of her Lingfield fourth looks like being very competitive in the context of this race.

"The plan has always been to come here and conditions should suit. I hope she is on the premises."

Aidan O'Brien saddles Asking, who turns out just four days after winning a handicap at the Curragh, as well as Music Box.

Elusive Beauty is another making a swift return after winning a Listed prize at Carlisle a week ago.

Trainer Ken Condon said: "She's come out of the Carlisle race very well and it's been a pattern of her career that she can run plenty.

"She's a very hardy filly who loves her work and her racing and is very tough and consistent.

"I was glad to see they had some rain as I wouldn't run her on firm ground. She prefers a bit of ease and a few more showers would be welcome.

"It's probably a tougher race than the one she ran in at Carlisle and she'll have to step up again, but if she can get a place we'll be delighted."

Dermot Weld's Raymonda and Bumbasina from Willie McCreery's stable make up the field.


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