It was disappointing to get two the couple of non runners today, but hopefully we can get among the winners tomorrow when we are back in action at the Curragh...
The Cleeve team
16.30 Curragh - 1m 2f class 1 Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes (Fillies' Group 1) (3yo plus)
For me this pretty much revolves around whether Legatissimo has coped with her early season exertions as she had two pretty hard races at Newmarket in the 1,000 Guineas and the Oaks at Epsom where she looked all over the winner before being mugged by Qualify in the shadow of the post, and she brings by far the best form into the race and on the question of her well being we’ll put our faith in Aiden O’Brien knowing the answer to that better t5han we do!
Ryan Moore up is a nice bonus to have, and although short I think 7/4 is reasonable value.
Brooch will have her supporters and will benefit from the extra 2 furlongs, but she takes a massive step up in class here. Pleascach was a winning selection for us in the Irish 1,000 Guineas but was firmly put in her place by Curvy at Royal Ascot (another winning selection for us!), and to be honest I am surprised connections are running her again so soon.
17.00 Curragh - 5f class Tote Rockingham Handicap (3yo plus)
A trappy sprint handicap and with several of the market leaders drawn wide which is a pretty big negative here….. it creates a bit of value further down the betting so we’ll have a small stakes e/w play at big odds, make sure to back for 5 places.
Lady Mega is a course and distance winner here and not badly drawn in 15. Her two runs this season were both on softish ground which wouldn’t suit her best, she was a good 5th behind Joe Eile before getting squeezed out in the closing stages at Tipperary. Consequently she has slipped to a mark just one pound higher than her last winning mark.