Hello and welcome to arseonlineracing. A 100% independent racing website that has NO affiliate links. This website is curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles. Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight… Miles apart but united by the sport of kings…
A full update of yesterdays results will be available by Sunday evening when the racing has finished. Charlie is taking a day off so I will lead the way with Longchamp & Jamie has his Curragh thoughts, so we best get cracking…
2.10 Prix Dulys Group 3.. 3YO Only… 1m 4f…
Moonlight Spirit… 3 wins from 3 starts with 2 of them over 1m 2f. A maiden win at Newcastle on race course debut back in November 2018 when beating Jalmood by 1 & 3/4 lengths (Jalmood is 2 from 2 since & won the De L’avre Listed Stakes). Won again over 1m 2f at Lingfield on the all weather in a Class 5 Novice Stakes by a head on final start of 2018. Made it 3 from 3 on seasonal return in March when taking a Class 3 1m 4f Leicester Handicap by 9 lengths. The sole UK raider in the race from Charlie Appleby with James Doyle on board…
3.28 Prix Saint-Alary… Fillies Group 1… 1m 2f…
Siyarafina… A 2 length winner over 1m at Saint-Cloud in the Parde D’amour Stakes on April 4th. Made it 2 wins from 2 starts when winning the 1m Du Louvre Stakes at this course by 1 & 1/2 lengths from Commes, who has since finished runner up in the Group 1 Poule D’essa Des Pouliches while 3rd Noor Sahara has won a Listed race and 4th has also won at Lyon….
DANGER… Platane… 2 from 2 this season after finishing 3rd on Deauville debut. Landed a 1m 1f Chantilly Maiden by 2 & 1/2 lengths on March 12th before heading to this course on April 7th in the Group 3 Vanteaux Stakes, winning by a neck from Etoile, who has since won the Group 3 Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud…
4.03 Prix D’lspahan.. Group 1.. 1m 1f 43yds…
Plenty of UK interest in this Group 1… Front running Knight to Behold landed the Deauville Group 2 D’oronno last August by 4 lengths. Made seasonal return at Sandown in the Group 2 Gordon Richards Stakes, when runner up to Crystal Ocean last month. Crystal Ocean has since won the AL Rayyan Stakes at Newbury and with Oisin Murphy on board is likely to take the race along, which could set it up for Wild Illusion who took a few runs last season before winning having finished runner up in 2 of the 3 starts in the Oaks at Epsom & the Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot before taking the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood when dropped from 1m 4f to 1m 2f
Wild Illusion went on to take the L’Opera at this course in October before finishing the season at Churchill Downs in the Breeders Cup Fillies & Mares’ when narrowly beaten by a neck, makes season return & has a clear chance if fully ready to go….
IF Wild Illusion is not 100% then it could be that Zabeel Prince has a chance of landing the spoils & a place based on her last run when winning the 1m 1f Group 3 Earl of Sefton at Newmarket on April 18th as runner up Forest Ranger has since won the Huxley Group 2 at Chester, 3rd Mustashry won the Lockinge Group 1 at Newbury and 4thElarqam won a Goodwood Listed race yesterday.
4.38 Prix Vtesse Vigier… Group 2… 1m 7f…
Holdthasigreen… Winner of the 1m 7f Royal Oak Group 1 at Chantilly last October. Started this season with a narrow defeat in a Chantilly 1m 7f Listed race, when runner up by a neck on April 1st before landing the Group 3 Prix De Burbeville by 1 & 3/4 lengths on April 28th…
I will now hand you over to Jamie with his thoughts from todays meeting at the Curragh…
1:50 – Tally Ho Stud Irish EBF Maiden (C&G) (2yo) – 6f
Selection: Arizona – win
A typical Curragh 2yo maiden with so many well-bred types.
Ballydoyle’s Arizona made a very pleasing debut over course and
distance and gets the nod here. With that crucial race under his belt
he is in with a great chance.
2:20 – Hanlon Concrete Handicap (rated 45-70) (3yo+) – 6f
Selection: Haqeeba – each way
A career best performance from Haqeeba saw him win a Navan
handicap in fine style two weeks ago… and I think he can grab at
least a place here for one of my local trainers Liam Lennon.
Pleasurable and Gopsies Daughter, who always goes well are others
to consider… tough puzzle to solve is this race!
2:55 – Curragh Official Opening Day Handicap (3yo+) – 5f
Selection: Kafu – win
Ger Lyons has his horses in fine order and Kafu can be his latest
winner. I think the drop back to 5f will help and with the 3yo
allowance he must enter calculations. He wasn’t beaten far by the
smart Ferreti at Dundalk last weekend.
3:50 – Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) (4yo+) – 1m 2f
Selection: Magical – win
The race itself is not worthy of Group 1 status as has been the case
for the past few years. Magical is much the best of these runners and
it should be straightforward for this Galileo Mare. With just five
runners there isn’t much value in betting on this race… Flag of
Honour can chase her home once again.
4:25 – Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas (Group 1) (3yo) – 1m
Selection: Just Wonderful – win
Potentially a very good renewal of this race. While Hermosa will be
very tough to pass I really liked the way that Just Wonderful came
home at Newmarket after the race didn’t work out for her… she is a
little bit of value too. The stiff Curragh track will really suit Fillies Mile
hero Iridessa, who for me is the e/w punt. Cracking race!
5:00 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Habitat” Handicap (3yo+) – 1m
Selection: Atlas – win
Atlas can get his head back in front here. It was a super effort when runner up at Leopardstown two weeks ago to Geological… he remains well handicapped. Yuften
is the elder statesman in this race but I have got a gut feeling he can
sneak into a place at good odds.
5:30 – Boodles Handicap (4yo+) – 2m
Selection: Persian Lion – win
Jessica Harrington’s charge went into many people’s notebooks after
running Arctic Fire to half a length last time out. He faces a tougher
task here but with the ground in his favour and more race fit I think he can take this staying contest. Bongiorno looks set for a big run and
with cheekpieces fitted he’d be my e/w selection.
6:00 – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (3yo+) – 1m 2f
Selection: Hazran – win
The Aga Khan has been having so many maiden winners in Ireland
this season they must be falling out of his ears. The selection has run
two solid races and finished behind the potentially smart Jack Yeats
last time out. The dangers are the Ryan Moore mount South Sea
Pearl & the full sister to Verbal Dexterity, Verbalise.
That is everything for you today folks, big thanks for popping by and for you support..
All the best – Charlie, Rich & Jamie