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With Royal Ascot over for another year, the racing calendar heads to Ireland for their Derby meeting, where AVD could emulate Harzand & do the UK & Irish Derby double over the weekend PLUS a very nice card in France on Sunday. This will go along with our usual coverage of UK racing over the weekend….
We are joined this weekend by Jamie, who will give you his thoughts on the Irish Derby meeting, starting today…
As with our Royal Ascot coverage, Jamie will have his thoughts and Rich will always have the Final Word so lets get started…
3:40 – Curragh Cup – Selection: Latrobe
Last years Irish Derby hero Latrobe returns to the scene of his finest
hour in what looks a good renewal of this Group 2 staying race. The
Son of Camelot performed with credit in the Wolferton at Royal
Ascot, when fourth just over 2 lengths behind Addeybb. Back on fast
ground could be the key to this horse and with no stamina worries
he should go close here. Very hard to picture him being out of the
first three home.
4:15 – Airlie Stud Stakes – Selection: Precious Moments
Royal Ascot form is put to the test as Albany Stakes fifth Precious
Moments looks to break her maiden in this Group 2. The Gleneagles
Filly was racing on the far side at Ascot, unfortunately the Wesley
Ward horse couldn’t give her a tow into the race as she weakened
out. Considering she had to race by herself in the final furlong and a
half she plugged on well to finish fifth. We all know how much
Aidan’s two-year olds improve for their races and it would be no
surprise to see further progression from this Filly.
5:25 – Pretty Polly Stakes – Selection: Pink Dogwood
The main race on the card is this Group 1 Pretty Polly stakes where
Oaks runner up Pink Dogwood should be tough to beat. The step
down to ten furlongs should be no problem as she looks to have
plenty of natural pace. I felt at Epsom that Ryan Moore went too
soon, and Pink Dogwood had nothing left in the tank at the finish
when Anapurna got up to claim classic glory.
However, she can regain the winning thread and with the added advantage of the three-year-old weight allowance over big threat Wild Illusion. Favourite’s chance.
Final Word with Rich –
Cheers guys, looking forward to a really good weekend of racing & hopefully we can all find a few winners…. I have a couple from the Curragh & a couple from the UK..
4.15 Airlie Stud Stakes… Fillies’ Group 2… 2YO Only… 6f….
Peace Charter… Beat So Wonderful in a Nass 6f Maiden in April by 1/2 a length before heading back there on May 19th & finishing a 1/2 length runner up in the Group 3 Fillies’ 6f Sprint Stakes to Etoile…
DANGER…. Ickworth… Was 2 from 2 over 5f prior to refusing to race at Royal Ascot. Up in trip & likely player if leaving the stalls…..
5.25 Pretty Polly Stakes… Fillies’ Group 1… 1m 2f…
Pink Dogwood… Finished last season with a 5th to Lily’s Candle in the Prix Marcel Boussac in October. Started this term winning in the Salsabul Stakes 1m 2f from Encapsulation before finishing a neck runner up in the Oaks at Epsom on May 31st…
DANGER…. Who’s Steph….Form of 2019 reads 2/1/2/1 and won the Munster Oaks by 1 length from Peach Tree on June 14th….
4.45 Handicap… Class 3…. 7f 3yds…
Motakhayyel… Winner by a neck on debut over 7f on the All Weather at Lingfield last November & made it 2-2 on season return on May 31st at Doncaster, when stepping up to 1m, winning again by a neck, with 4th from that race since winning. Back to 7f for handicap debut…
8.30 Fillies’ Novice Stakes…. Class 4… 1m….
Ojooba…. Debut 3rd by 2 lengths at this course over 7f in a Class 4 Maiden on April 17th to Clerisy.
That is everything for you today folks…. Thanks for popping by and we will be back with more coverage of the Irish Oaks & Derby…..
All the Best – Arseonlineracing Team