Well mixed fortunes yesterday.
Firstly Doncaster again proved profitable with an impressive win for Limato who breezed through the field to win. Trainer Henry Candy is looking at the 7 Furlongs Foret at Longchamp as his next target. Sometimes fortune favours the brave and we said that Bondi Beach would reverse the form with Storm the Stars and we were proved correct but even so I thought we were fortunate to collect courtesy of the Stewards. Highland Acclaim ran a cracking race to come in fifth. Hopefully some of you got paid out as some bookies such as Bet365 were paying 5 places.
Leopardstown was not so good. Pyromaniac was a non runner. Amazing Maria was disappointing and never looked like getting involved. "She was a little disappointing and has had a long hard season. The ground was maybe a bit tackier than her last three runs," said Jason Kelly, assistant to O'Meara. Bold Thady Quill was slowly away and was being pushed along early on and never was never going to be involved in the shake up.
We have a selections today at the Curragh so down to business....
The team at Cleeve
1400 Curragh - 6f class Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund 'Bold Lad' Sprint Handicap (3yo plus)
This is a competitive handicap but you can discount nearly half the filed as 3 years olds have a very poor record in this. That doesn’t make it any easier but we are siding with Jamesie who won nicely last weekend at Navan having been dropped in class after running in pattern company all summer. He has a 5lb penalty for that win but the able claimer Sean Corby is on board taking off the 5lbs.
In August last year Jamsie beat Gordon Lord Byron in a Group 3 over course and distance and he was rated 105 on that day showing just how good he can be, so he is off a handy mark in this and if he can reproduce that kind of form he will have an outstanding chance.
There are concerns. Currently the ground is Good Good to Firm in places which would be ideal but we don’t want any more rain He will be ok on good to yielding but we do not want any more rain.
We know he is in good form after his Navan win and on the book looks well handicapped.
Richard Fayhey sends over two runners and they are not there for fun. I think the main danger will be George Bowen with Jamie Spencer on board.
15:40 Curragh - 7f class 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes (Fillies' Group 1)
As you know we look for value in any selection and we are looking to take on the Favourite Ballydoyle in this. We are not alone as various pundits have gone for Tanaza and we concur with their reasoning. Ballydoyle is a deserving favourite on her winning of the Group 2 Debunte Stakes but that was on Good to Firm ground and her breeding suggests she needs fast ground which wont be the case today.
Tanaza has the class required to win this showing a good turn of foot to win the a Group 3 Fillies contest at Leopards town over this trip.
She finishes her races strongly and is less exposed than most and is open to improvement to be there or there abouts at the finish and at 9/2 she is worthy of an Each Way selection.
16:50 Curragh - 1m 6f class 1 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger (Group 1) (3yo plus)
Order of St George would have been a warm order yesterday in the St ledger. AP O’Brien skipped that for todays race and he is a worthy favourite. We think he is a better horse with a bit of cut in the ground than our selection yesterday Bondi Beach who won the Doncaster St Ledger. He has won as a two year old on Yielding to soft and on Good ground as a 3 year old so the ground will not be an issue.
He won the Group 3 St Ledger trial in impressive fashion by 7 1/2 lengths and is getting a massive 11lbs weight for age allowance. He is up against not only top quality battle hardened rivals but the stats as Vinnie Roe was the only 3 year old winner of this in the last 15 years but we think he reverse those stats.