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Chris landed a winner at Windsor with Century Dream, Jamie had 2 places while Rich had 2 Unplaced. The lads pick of High Definition finished unplaced while Wordsworth ran 3rd for Rich at 11/1….
There is still plenty of action to come from the Curragh with the Fillies & Mares’ Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes the headline race of the day…
The 3 musketeer’s continue…
The going at the Curragh is…. GOOD
4.10 Comer Group International Curragh Cup
Pondus ended last season with a pair of excellent efforts in Australia before a low key reappearance here in April over 10f. He found this test much more suitable when runner-up here at handicap level off a mark of 106. A preproduction of that run doesn’t leave him too far off his main rival today and also has a big advantage of race fitness. This could Pondus’ best chance of landing Group honours in what doesn’t look an overly competitive renewal. 2nd
3.35 Bet 365 Summer Cup
Talkischeap had a fairly quiet time of things last season, but bounced back to form with a 2nd at Perth over 3m a few weeks ago, finishing well clear of the 3rd that day. A 4lb rise will demand more but should find this test on decent ground once more suits this relatively sound jumper in a competitive staying handicap. The Alan King yard are once again enjoying winners on both codes and he looks the each-way play at the current prices this afternoon. Pulled Up
3:25 – Windsor – Attheraces Handicap – Selection: Cemhaan
After a good seasonal reappearance over C+D I am going to take a chance on Cemhaan. The selection had previously had a wind operation so it will have pleased connections of the George Baker trained gelding to see him run with a lot of promise. There are quite a few in here who have got stamina to prove for this 1m 3 ½ furlong test, including the market leaders Chai Yo Power & Russian Virtue. My selection will be sharper for the recent run here and with ground and trip posing no fears I can see Cemhaan running a big race at an attractive looking price. There should be more to come from this son of Muhaarar. 2nd
3:40 – Pretty Polly Stakes – Selection: Cayenne Pepper
Jessica Harrington forms a triple attack on the G1 Pretty Polly Stakes headed by Cayenne Pepper, the mount of stable Jockey Shane Foley. The daughter of Derby winner Australia has yet to get her success at the highest level but this represents a good chance under favourable conditions today. Cayenne Pepper made her 2021 reappearance in the Tattersalls Gold Cup back in May. It is fair to say that the ground went against her and she struggled to a fourth placed finish beaten nine lengths in the end. On the pick of her form she holds strong claims and back on a sound surface today is perfect for her. She will come on a lot I would imagine for that run here last month. It won’t be easy though giving the danger Santa Barbara 12lbs, so my selection will need to bring her A game. 3rd
4:45 – Irish Stallion Farms “Ragusa” Handicap – Selection: Vultan
A potentially trappy little 1m 4f handicap where you could just about give a chance to nearly all 11 contenders. The one I like the look of is Vultan for the Joseph O’Brien team. This horse is improving with every race and I can’t quite understand how he and Aesop, who were separated by just a head at Cork last time are three and a half points apart in the betting at the time of writing this. Aesop is favourite for your information. The penny is finally starting to drop for Vultan and with only six starts under his belt there should be more improvement to come, which could well see him reverse that Cork form with Aesop. Today’s trip and ground are fine, he won’t have any excuses. Shop around for the best prices. 2nd
2.30 Handicap – 3yo Plus – 6f…
Bellagio Man – Dandy Man X Rouge Noir 3yo gelding.
Has only had 3 career runs to date, all over 7f.
His debut at Dundalk(AW) on March 31st 2021 in a maiden, finishing a 3/4’s of a length runner up. The gelding travelled to Gowran on May 4th (Yielding to Soft) for another 7f maiden, landing the odds by a head from Sunwalk.
His last start was on June 11th at Fairyhouse(Good to Firm), he finished a 2 & 3/4 length 3rd of 5 to San Andreas, leading until the final 150 yards. A drop back to 6f should bring out more in the gelding & his opening handicap mark of 89 could well be generous. Unplaced
3.40 Pretty Polly Stakes – Fillies’ & Mares’ Group 1 – 3yo Plus – 1m 2f…
Cayenne Pepper – Australia X Muwakaba 4yo filly.
A Group 3 winner at 2yo over 1m when landing the Flame of Tara Stakes at this course in 2019. A Group 2 winner at 3yo over C&D last September in the Blanford Stakes, that season also included 3 runner up places. In this race last year to Magical, Irish Oaks 1m 4f(July) Group 1 to Even So & in August in the Give Thanks 1m 4f Group 3 to Tarnawa. Her run at the Breeders Cup in November (Keeneland) Fillies’ & Mares’ Turf was disappointing. She returned after 197 days away in the Gold Cup at this course over 1m 2f 110yds, finishing a 9 length 4th of to Helvic Dream, that run was on Soft to Heavy ground on May 23rd & her best form is on Good ground, with 2 wins & 2 places from 5 runs. Top Rated 114. 3rd
The DANGER could come from the O’Brien’s, not Aidan though, Joseph, who has Thundering Knights – Night of Thunder X Cape Castle 4yo, who was runner up to Broome over C&D in April on seasonal return before flying to Belmont to finish 2nd in the New York Stakes on June 4th… Winner
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