Six selections for racing at the Curragh

By Luke

The feature race of the evening is the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes over six furlongs for two year olds. The current ground is good, but with heavy rain forecast we may be racing on slower ground. Ger Lyons was asked on twitter if Siskin will run if the rain comes and he said yes. Siskin is the only horse in the field that remains unbeaten. He has won three times including two wins over course and distance.

This son of First Defence was last seen winning the Group 2 Gain Railway Stakes over course and distance. He bet the second favourite, Monarch Of Egypt on that occasion. Siskin is now a bigger price then when he won last time out and Monarch Of Egypt is now a lot shorter in the market than he was last time out. I think Siskin will confirm the form from that race and win again giving Ger Lyons and Colin Keane their first Group 1 victory in Ireland at 10/11.

Race two is the Irish Stallions Farms EBF Maiden over five furlongs. Castletownshend looks to have a good opportunity to finally shed his maiden tag. This son of Equiano drops to five furlongs for the first time and I think it will suit him. He travels well through his races but has struggled to get his head infront. He was last seen finishing second at Naas beaten a short head. Prior to that he finished fourth in a competitive handicap at the Curragh over six furlongs over Derby weekend. I think he will go close with Billy Lee in the saddle at 11/4.

Race three is the Loder Irish EBF Fillies Race over seven furlongs. Know It All runs for Johhny Murtagh with Shane Foley in the saddle. This daughter Lord Kanaloa made a promising debut finishing fourth against the colts over course and distance back in July. The second from the race, Jungle Cove was previously seen finishing third behind the promising Armory. The seventh and eight have both been placed at Galway in decent Maidens. I think with the natural progression for the run I think she will go close at 9/2.

Race five is the Group 3 Qatar Racing And Equestrian Club Phoenix Sprint Stakes over six furlongs. Gordon Lord Byron runs for Tom Hogan and Billy Lee takes the ride. The last time he won was back in 2017 at the Curragh on yielding to soft. The ground will possibly be on slow side with the rain forecasted which could bring him into contention. This lovable eleven year old was last seen finishing fourth in the Minstrel Stakes behind Romanised. Prior to that he finished sixth behind a few of these over course and distance. I think with the return to slow ground he can reverse the form with a few of these and run well at 8/1.

Race six is the TRM Equine Nutrition Handicap over five furlongs. Little Clarinet has a good record at the track,she has ran here eight times and only been out of the first four once and that was on her last run. This daughter of Requinto ran over five furlongs on her penultimate start and finished second behind Early Call beaten half a length. I think she will enjoy the slower ground and if she can bounce back from a disappointing run last time, she can go close at 12/1.

The final race on the card is the Curragh Supporting Kildare GAA Handicap over one mile. Aussie Valentine runs for Ado McGuinness with seven pound claimer Stephen Mooney in the saddle. This son of Aussie Rules won a Premier Handicap back in May over course and distance, he races off a pound higher mark of 86. Innamorare was second on that occasion and has since been second twice including the Colm Quinn BMW Handicap at Galway. I think if he can return to that form he will run well at 9/1.

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