Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 09:57 11/05/2014
Better ground in the Group 3 Ard Glen Amethyst Stakes at 2.55 Leopardstown will favour the Aidan O'Brien-trained Afonso De Souza.
The four-year-old colt can be backed each-way at a stand out 11/1 with 888Sport who are paying 1/5 odds for the first three horses home. However, the bold among you that fancy a straight-up win bet can get 10/1 at Paddy Power with the insurance of money back up to £50 if the selection finishes 2nd or 3rd.
Afonso De Souza was last seen putting in a disappointing effort in the Irish Lincoln at the Curragh in March, but had two things going against him with unsuitable soft ground and a fitness disadvantage as it was his seasonal reappearance.
The mount of Joseph O'Brien has course form having decimated the field over 6f here in his 2-year-old season and ran to good effect at Dundalk last year, winning once and placing twice over 1m 3f.
Likely to strip fitter from his outing at the Curragh, Afonso De Souza has got his ground today, is nicely priced and looks capable of taking this. Mustajeeb's entry in the Irish 2000 Guineas suggests he is the one to be feared, but there are no guarantees he will go well fresh or stay the distance in his first crack at a 1 mile trip.