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Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight, we maybe miles apart but we are united by the sport of kings….
Last weeks Royal Ascot treat has wetted the taste buds for the next couple of weeks racing, with the Derby at Epsom just 7 days away. Today the highlight is the Irish Derby at the Curragh & we have got it covered.
Charlie is taking the weekend off, with Rich joined by Jamie, who has a couple from the Curragh including our Irish Derby Picks….
The Curragh going is GOOD
5:45 – Dubai Duty Free Celebration Stakes – Selection: Ancient Spirit
A wide-open contest full of improving horses. You can’t go wrong with Jessica Harrington’s horses now and Ancient Spirit can chalk up another win. The son of Invincible Spirit has got some good form in he book for a race like this. He bravely held on to beat Buckhurst at Navan two weeks ago on his reappearance.
Everything looks set for a big run, the ground is ideal, and the fair Curragh track will play to his stamina, as he does stay farther than a mile. He should be right there on all known form.
The Irish Derby – 7.15pm – Group 1 – 3YO Only – 1m 4f….
Jamie – Selection: Santiago / Arthur’s Kingdom reserve forecast
It’s an Irish Derby like no other but at the same time it looks likely to have a familiar winner. Aidan O’Brien fields six horses in a bid to win Ireland’s premier Classic for a fourteenth time. His two main fancies appear to be Santiago and Arthur Kingdom, who both ran at Royal Ascot last week.
Santiago won the Queen’s Vase in the style of a very nice horse. While Arthur’s Kingdom was second in the King Edward VII Stakes, it was a nice run though. I fancy Arthur’s Kingdom to beat his stablemate here.
I believe the Curragh will play to his strengths and he has had three more days rest since Ascot than Santiago. The biggest field for the Irish Derby in many years and it looks set to be the most fascinating too.
Rich – Santiago – TRACKER –
I was very taken by the Authorised 3YO’s performance at Royal Ascot in the 1m 6f Queens Vase Group 2 when beating Berkshire Rocco by 2 & 3/4 lengths when stepping up in trip having won a 1m Listowel Maiden by 1 & 1/4 lengths.
There is a 2f drop back in trip but that should not be a problem with the way he ran well within himself at Ascot & will go further in time as I see him as a St Leger horse & will develop into a nice Gold Cup horse in the future… Massive Potential!
Final word with Rich –
As mentioned above, I have 2 from Newmarket, where the going is Good to Firm…
2.40 – Criterion Stakes – Group 3 – 3YO Plus – 7f….
Mubtasim – The Arcano 6YO gelding looks like the Goldophin 2nd string with James Doyle on board but don’t be fooled by William Buick riding On The Warpath.
Mubtasim has 2 wins & 2 places from 5 runs since moving to Charlie Appleby from William Haggas including a 1 length C&D win over the above stable companion last April.
Was far from disgraced when just 1 & 3/4 lengths 3rd to Glorious Journey in a Meydan 7f Group 2 in January before finishing a neck 2nd to Dark Power in the 6 & 1/2f Sprint Cup in Riyahd….
3.15 Fairway Stakes – Class 1 Listed – 3YO Only – 1m 2f….
Thunderous – TRACKER – The Night of Thunder colt ended last season with 3 wins from 3 starts, all over 7f. They included a Class 4 Doncaster Novice Stakes last June, Class 5 Novice Stakes at Redcar in July before taking the Listed Denford Stakes at Newbury by 1 length in August, which had Piledriver in 4th & is now a Royal Ascot Group 2 winner. Season return & Up in trip..
The DANGER could come from the sea the stars gelding Volkan Star, who was a 4 length C&D 2nd to Mishreff on June 6th.
That is everything for you today folks.. Anyone for the Irish Oaks tomorrow? Catch you then!
Remember ONLY bet with what you can afford to lose, if not just watch the action unfold on the TV…
All the best – Jamie & Rich