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It’s Irish Derby day with the Pretty Polly Stakes to follow tomorrow… Plus cards from around the UK.
we have our Derby thoughts for you in this blog…
Charlie is taking a break until next month, so it’s Rich, Chris & Jamie manning the blog this weekend!
The going at the Curragh is….. Good, Good to Firm in Places
3.05 Railway Stakes – Curragh
Cadamosto was backed into favouritism in the Norfolk Stakes last week, but could only finish 4th. It was still a fair run from the son of No Nay Never who appeared to find things happening too soon for him over 5f on very fast ground. A step up to 6f on slightly easier ground today promises to suit and he stands a good chance of reversing Ascot form with Go Bears Go. Aidan O’Brien has won this 13 times before and this one gives him solid claims once again.
Windsor – (Good – Good to Soft in Places)
3.35 Midsummer Stakes
Century Dream has been a very consistent horse over this trip on easier ground, narrowly denied by a nose last time out in the Diomed Stakes on good to soft ground. Connections will be hoping the ground stays on the softer side (currently good to soft) and given his record at Group 3 and Listed level he looks the one to beat if so. He escapes a penalty for last years Group wins and receives 5lb from rival top Rank, despite being rated just 1lb shy.
4:20 – International Stakes (G3) – Selection: True Self
The very admirable globe trotting Mare True Self embarks on her latest mission in what looks to be a hot G3 heat. Willie Mullins’ Mare arguably brings the best form to the table after a couple of terrific performances in 2021 so far. The first of which came at the Saudi Cup meeting back in February where she stormed home up the straight to reel in and comfortably beat Breeders Cup Turf third Channel Maker. It was the performance of a class horse and she appreciated the fast ground underfoot, which it looks like she is going to get today. True Self next lined up for the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup over course & distance and performed with great credit to finish a close third on ground that was a lot softer than ideal for her. Back on good ground today and with that Tattersalls Gold Cup form boosted by Broome running second in the Hardwicke at Ascot, True Self holds strong claims.
5:25 – Dubai Duty Free Handicap – Selection: Eagle’s Flight
The penultimate race on the Irish Derby card is an ultra competitive handicap over a mile. With not much to separate the field in my opinion I am on the search for some value. At a nice each way price at the time of writing (15/2) Eagle’s Flight makes some appeal after winning a decent Leopardstown handicap last time out. It was a second win from eleven races for the son of Gleneagles and he still looks to be on the up and progressing. That day he got up to beat the reaposing Dream Tale close home. A strongly run mile brought out the best in Eagle’s Flight at Leopardstown and with 17 runners there should be a good tempo for him to aim at. He should be finishing well and hopefully Michael Halford’s charge can pick up a place. Hale Boop & Alhaazm are the main dangers.
Each way advised.
2.30 Fillies’ Handicap – 3yo Plus – 7f….
Let’s – Shalaa X Elizabelle 3yo filly.
Maiden winner at Dundalk(AW) over 6f on November 27th on her 3rd start. Off for 145 days before returning to the same course.
She finished 4th in a Navan 5 & 1/2F Listed contest to Aikido on April 25th behind Measure of Magic (Commonwealth Cup 3rd) & Logo Hunter (Double Listed winner) on good ground. Her next 2 runs, she finished a 3 length 4th over 7f(Soft ground) & 8 & 1/4 length 7th over 1m (Heavy ground) before heading to Limerick on June 18th over 1m in the Adore Fillies’ race, winning by 1/2 a length on good ground.
Her opening handicap mark was 86 & her last run was from 90, today from 97 as she has to carry a penalty for the win…. Ahead of her mark, with good ground… Each Way
3.05 Railway Stakes – Group 2 – 2yo Only – 6f…
Strapped – Dawn Approach X Strapless Colt.
Finished 6th of 9 on race course debut on the All Weather at Dundalk, some 12 & 1/2 lengths behind winner Cadamosto over 5f on April 10th.
Made his 2nd start a w inning one in Cork, when landing a 5f Maiden on May 7th (Good ground) beating Amalfi Coast by 2 & 1/2 lengths. The 2nd, 3rd & 5th all won next time out.
Stepped up to 6f on May 22nd in the Group 3 Marble Hill Stakes finishing a 2 & 3/4 length 3rd over C&D to Castle Star on Soft to Heavy ground. Castle Star & Cadamosto are in the field today. With better ground the better the colt will be – Each Way
3.45 – Irish Derby – 3yo Only – Group 1 – 1m 4f..
High Definition made a promising comeback in the Dante last month, when clearly looking in need of the run having been pushed along from some way out before lacking that spark on the run-in. Connections then wisely opted to swerve Epsom 3 weeks later and come here instead. Dante winner Hurricane Lane ran a great race in the Derby but this son of Galileo could well reverse the form with that run under his belt. He’s certainly not been missed in the betting but I won’t let his price put me off here. If a little each-way value is your thing, you could do worse than back Van Gogh, who I believe has been crying out for this trip. The French Derby run can be written off as those held up had no chance, however he may just find this more to his liking. Shop around with a couple of bookmakers offering extra places.
Selection: High Definition
He’s facing strong opposition and his toughest task to date but High Definition gets the nod from me. Aidan O’Brien’s Colt has been one of talking horses of the winter and early spring after a strong effort to land the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh last September. That performance left many people, including myself to tout him as a big player in the Derby. High Definition wasn’t part of the Ballydoyle team at Epsom however with Aidan O’Brien looking to give his horse more time to recover after a rushed preparation for the Dante Stakes, where I liked the way he stayed on nicely to finish a close third behind Hurricane Lane & Megallan. We know he handles the track and the step up to 1m 4f will be one he should relish. The ground is perfect for him too. The big dangers are Hurricane Lane & Mac Swiney, who won the Irish 2000 Guineas here.
Wordsworth – Galileo X Chelsea Rose Colt.
The Galileo colt finished 2nd on race course debut over 1m at the Curragh last August, beaten 3/4’s of length by High Definition.
Off for 238 days before making his seasonal return a winning one on April 17th. He stepped up in trip to 1m 2f at the Curragh & won by 2 lengths. He again finished 2nd on his last start before today as he stepped up in trip again to 1m 5f in a Navan Class 1 Listed race, narrowly beaten by a neck from Sir Lucan on May 15th….
Ran at Royal Ascot on June 16th in the Group 2 Queens Vase over 1m 6f, finishing 2nd to Kemari by 1 & 1/2 lengths. Drops back in trip today & likes to be very prominent near the front… Each Way
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All the best – The Arseonlineracing Team