Horse Racing Preview – The Curragh -20th August 2017

Horse Racing Preview - Curragh & Chantilly - 10th September 2017

Today’s horse racing preview comes from one meeting and selections from The Curragh.


14.10 Curragh – Galileo Irish European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes (Group 2) (7f)

Looking around the current pedigrees of this race Camelback makes a lot of appeal. Ger Lyons will be looking for his first success in the race when he saddles the son of Exchange Rate who should have no problems with the conditions this afternoon. His Stakes win at Naas last month saw him handout a length defeat to Aidan O’Brien’s Rostropovich.

With entries later in the year for the National and Beresford Stakes, he is definitely well thought of by the trainer, main dangers look to come from both Theobald and the most interesting contender Swiss Cottage. Jim Bolger has won this on three occasions which included in 2015 with Herald The Dawn, his representative here is Theobald who has run well twice in pattern company this year when behind the likes of Actress who went on to finish third in the Phoenix Stakes and more recently when behind The Pentagon with Berkeley Square back in fifth.

However, the one I do fear could be a good price, Joseph Murphy’s Swiss Cottage has progressed with both runs and was just denied in a maiden over a mile here at the Curragh six days ago, if this race has not come too soon he could be in the mix under Gary Carroll.

CAMELBACK : 2pt Win @ SP (BOG)


14.45 Curragh – Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Curragh Stakes (Group 3) (5f)

Andrew Slattery’s Emadee won a shade cosily on debut at Naas and there could be more to come from her speedy pedigree being by Zebedee, Jim Bolger won this in 2014 & 2015 with front of the market contenders, and once more looks to have a solid claim with Treasuring,

Her eighth place finish in the Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot is not working out that well to be fair with several of the entries from that race being beaten since, however she did look better when tackling softer conditions which brought her success when landing a handicap at Tipperary, nine days ago. I was not really taken with Ballydoyle’s Declarationofpeace in the Phoenix Stakes and was seen finishing last in this years Listed Windsor Castle, she would have to have made serious improvement if she is to land this.

Wolfofbaggotstreet would probably prefer 6f being by Equiano, won well enough at Down Royal last month, but failed to build on that when behind Sirici in the Listed Tipperary Stakes. The thing with Equiano progeny’s is they get better with age, and he could be a bit out of his depth here. John Stack’s Sirici took the scalp of Actress in that Listed Tipperary Stakes. She was down the field in the Queen Mary and has a bit to find on Treasuring.



15.20 Curragh – Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes (Group 2) (7f)

This looks a good renewal with the likes of Magical, Happily and September declared. The former got off the mark at the second attempt when she just managing to hold on at Cork. She is one of three entries here for Ballydoyle and does look third string here on bookings.

Ryan Moore has elected to ride Happily here, she was very impressive when landing the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown last month, she had Dawn Delivers well back in third and surely more to come from her and has some interesting engagements through the rest of the season, but on this occasion the selection comes in September who comes in this 2-2 and was really impressive when landing this years Listed Chesham Stakes.

She looks ready for this step up in company, good pedigree being by Deep Impact out of multiple Group 1 winning mare Peeping Fawn, she has all the attributes to be a real star, acts on any ground and the nap of the day for me.

SEPTEMBER : 5pt in @ 11/8 (BOG)


15.55 Curragh – Qatar Airlines Royal Whip Stakes (Group 3) (10f)

A small field contention here that could be a serious tactical affair and if so we could see Dermot Weld’s Dubawi Filly Shamreen come out on top. She looked in need of the run when only managing sixth in the Group 3 International Stakes over course and distance. She seems a late form horse which showed when landing the Group 3 Blandford Stakes over course and distance last season, acts with cut in the ground and gets the services of Pat Smulen who won this with Famous Name.

The last British trained winner came in 2014 for Mark Johnston and with only two British trained winners it is hard to get excited about Central Square this afternoon, one thing in his corner is the fact he does go well is time of year, winner of a 0-105 handicap at Doncaster last year when beating Poet’s Word who has gone on to win the Group 3 Glorious Stakes recently.

His form has dipped since and has only hit the frame on one occasion this year, this is a step up in class again, and it be interesting to see if he is time dependable as seems to come to hand around late August / early September.

SHAMREEN : 2pt Win @ SP (BOG)


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