Preview of racing at the Curragh

By Luke

Day two of the Irish Derby meeting gets underway with the Barronstown Stud Irish EBF Maiden over six furlongs. Dark Vader has run two good races to date. He was last seen finishing second behind Royal Lytham at Navan earlier this month when he made the running.  Royal Lytham has since run in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and finished a creditable seventh. I think with the two runs under his belt he will be able to build on those and go close at 4/1.

Race two is the Group 2 Comer Group Imternational Curragh Cup over one mile and six furlongs. Latrobe has been running over distances short of his optimum. Now back over this longer trip I think he will get back to winning ways. His last win came last year in the Irish Derby. Since then he has finished second in a Group one in Australia. His best run since the Irish Derby probably came over course and distance when he finished second to Flag Of Honour. If he can run up to that standard again I think he will be hard to beat at 5/2.

Race three is the Group 2 Airlie Stud Stakes over six furlongs for two year old Fillies. Peace Charter showed her promise when finishing second last time out behind Etoile in a Group 3 at Naas. The third from that race, Celtic Beauty has since came out and been second in the Group 3 Albany at Royal Ascot. I think she will continue to improve and go close at 11/4.

Race four is the Finlay Volvo Cars Summer Fillies Handicap over seven furlongs. Surrounding takes a drop in class after competing in  Listed races this season. She was last seen finishing third behind Flight Risk in a Listed race at Leopardstown earlier this month. Her best run this season was when she won over seven furlongs at Naas in the Owenstown Stud Stakes Listed race. The return to seven furlongs will see her to best effect and I think she can carry top weight to victory at 6/1.

Race five is the Group 1 Juddmonte Pretty Poly Stakes over one mile and two furlongs for Fillies and Mares. The ground is drying all the time and quicker it gets the better it will suit Magic Wand. She was last seen at Royal Ascot finishing second when conditions turned against her when the ground went soft. She is a former Group 2 winner as a three year old when she won the Ribblesdale on quick ground beating Wild Illusion. If she can bring her best form to the table I think she will run well at 8/1.

Race six is the Eleanor and Lyndsey Comer Memorial Handicap over seven furlongs. Ice Cold In Alex made a nice seasonal reappearance when finishing third at Gowran Pack over today’s distance on similar ground earlier this month. I think with the natural progression for the run he will go close at 8/1.



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