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Irish Derby day at the Curragh and we have coverage of the big race plus UK racing from Newmarket, Windsor & York….
Charlie & Jamie tackle the Curragh, including the Irish Derby, while Rich has the Final Word from the UK….
Charlie – The Curragh
2.55 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Celebration Stakes (Listed) 1m –
Flight Risk – Has the strongest form in the book having won last 2 starts and is the market leader at time of writing. Was 2nd to Jassar over 7f here on the 24th May and only lost by 1/2 length that day on seasonal return. Was then stepped up to 1m for next race at Leopardstown on the 6th of June when taking the listed race by 3 and 1/2 lengths from Hand On Heart who was 2nd. Returned to Leopardstown on the 13th June to race over 7f 30y in a Group 3 and won again beating Inverliegh by 1 and 1/4 lengths with Gordon Lord Byron a nose behind in 3rd. A repeat of those performances will see Flight Risk in the thick of it again and to be honest can’t see anything being a real threat in this field and at 6/4 available with most firms seems the most likely winner.
4.05 Dubai Duty Free The Irish Village Handicap 1m
Jassaar – Has won last 2 starts since finishing 4th at Gowran Park on the 9th April some 3 lengths behind Johnny Drama. Won next start at Limerick when beating Khafaak by 3 and 3/4 lengths over 1m on the 27th April. Won again latest when beating Flight Risk here by 1/2 length on the 24th May and is available around 5-2 with most bookies at time of writing. Jassaar has form lines that tie in with my first selection today and that could be a great guide to the chances of Jassaar in this race.
4. 40 Gain Railway Stakes (Group 2) 6f
Monarch Of Egypt – Won on debut over 5f at Naas on the 13th April when beating Ming Warrior by 2 and 3/4 lengths, being out of American Pharaoh and Up has a solid looking pedigree and could be another decent recruit in Aidan O’briens top yard. Ryan Moore has chosen this mount over Fort Myers who has the Don on top. Biggest threat comes in the shape of Siskin who is 2 wins from 2 and hails from the yard of Ger Lyons who’s runners are always worth a market check. Monarch of Egypt is currently available around the 13-8 price with most bookies at time of writing.
1:50 – Dubai Duty Free Millennium Handicap – Selection: Aleef
Ken Condon’s charge has been running well this season over what is
probably a furlong too short for his liking, so the step back up to six
furlongs could do the trick here. The experienced handicappers have
form of 124 in his last three races this season, with the latest coming
behind the well liked Hathiq at the Irish Guineas meeting. He will
need to find a couple of lengths to win this, with the step up in trip
likely to suit, he can fly home late on. Should be bang there.
4:40 – Railway Stakes – Selection: Fort Myers
A small but quality field of five for the Gain Railway Stakes. Ger Lyons
saddles the impressive Siskin, who may be the best two – year old
seen in Ireland this season so far. However, I have an inkling that
Aidan O’Brien can collect in this race once again. It wouldn’t be the
first time that Ryan Moore has chosen wrong as I like the second
string here, Fort Myers. He ran a cracker when fourth in the Coventry
at Royal Ascot. With more experience than most here he can
overturn the hot favourite, so long as this race hasn’t come too soon
5:20 – Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby – Selection: Broome
A fascinating edition of the Irish Derby, with the Epsom winner,
runner up and fourth looking like they will be fighting out the finish.
Broome ran well at Epsom despite racing on the outside up against
the camber, in fact if you watch the race again he was staying on towards the end. The Curragh will play to his strengths as it is regarded as being a stiffer mile and a half than Epsom.
The Ballydoyle pacemakers will make it a real test of stamina and I can
see it in my head that Broome will outstay them all. Has Ryan Moore
chosen wrong again? Only time will tell…
Final Word with Rich –
Thanks guys and your coverage of the Irish Derby is spot on yet again, yesterday ended with a couple of runner up spots from the 4 so I am looking for a big improvement today….
2.05 Fillies’…. Class 1 Listed… 2YO Only…. 6f…
Summer Romance…. Kingman filly, who made a winning start at Yarmouth on soft ground in a Class 5 Maiden on June 13th by 2 lengths and the runner up has since won….
3.15 Criterion Stakes… Group 3…. 7f…
Tabarrak…. Won a Redcar 7f Class 1 Listed on final start of 2018 by a nose back in October. Started 2019 on May 1st, when carrying a penalty at Ascot in the Queen Anne trail(Paradise Stakes) finishing a 7 & 3/4 length 4th of 8 when stepped up to 1m. Now drops back to 7f & has no penalty…
3.25 Midsummer Stakes…. Class 1 Listed… 1m 31yds….
Matterhorn…. All Weather Middle Distance winner in April before switching to turf at Chester in the 1m 2f Group 2 Huxley Stakes finishing a 3/4 length runner up before heading to Sandown and finishing runner up again to Regal Reality in the 1m 2f Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes later in May, with 3rd Danceteria winning a Group 3 in France since. Stepped up to Group 1 company in the 1m Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot on June 18th, finishing 10th by 6 & 1/2 lengths to Lord Glitters, running well for most of the race on Group 1 debut & form over 1m prior to Ascot read 3/1/2/1/1 & now eased in grade….
3.55 Handicap…. Class 4…. 2m 86yds….
True Destiny…. Since having wind surgery over the winter of 2018, form over 2m reads 1/2/1 while being a runner up last time out on June 10th in the Pontefract 2m 1f Handicap by a short head and now back to 2m…
That is everything for you today folks, thanks for your continued support…
All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team…
Pictures – The Curragh Race course Twitter account & Newmarket – File