Preview of Day two of Champions Weekend

By Luke and Samantha

Day two of Longines Irish Champions weekend gets underway with the ultra competitive Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Bold Lad” Sprint Handicap over six furlongs. Sirjack Thomas is the one I have fallen on. This son of Fast Company was last seen finishing midfield at Listowel over seven furlongs. He drops down to six furlongs which I think will be his optimum trip. His most recent victory came at Sligo over five and a half furlongs. That was his sole attempt at a distance shorter than six and a half furlongs. I think the trip will be ideal and I think he will run well at 20/1.

Samantha’s thoughts on the English Runners:

Gulliver won a handicap at York in June but has failed to show anything since, but that’s been in top company. He’s 2lbs higher than that day. Venturous and Alfredo Arcano are from the same ownership. The latter has ran just twice since coming fourth in the All Weather Finals Day Sprint in April and has built up a really good string of wins with Oisin Orr. He seems an all-weather specialist. Venturous has never won off a mark this high but ran a blinder in the Stewards Sprint at Glorious Goodwood to come second by a neck. That will put him spot on.

Race two is the Group 2 Moyglare “Jewels” Blandford Stakes over one mile and two furlongs. Goddess was very impressive when winning her maiden at Leopardstown last year and was favourite for the 1,000 Guineas. Things didn’t go right for her after that, she finished last in her next start and wasn’t seen until June of this year. Her first two starts of the year were nothing special. She then finished second in a Group 2 before winning a Listed race at Gowran Park and also a Group 3 at the Curragh. The yard could not be in better form after four winners on day one. I think with Ryan Moore in the saddle she will go close at 3/1.

Samantha’s thoughts on the English Runners:

Nausha is very unexposed and runs for Roger Varian. She’s not been seen for 91 days when well beaten in France and won the Musidora on her start before that. She’s by Kingman, out of a Galileo mare and wouldn’t have been sent over without good reason.

Race three is the Group 1 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five over five furlongs. Soffia has been rapidly improving this season for trainer Edward Lynam. This daughter of Kyllachy started her winning sequence in a Listed race back in May at Naas. She then progressed to win a Group 3 at the Curragh in June. She completed her hat trick last time out when winning a Group 2 over course and distance. I think she will be the best in the field and top off her sequence of victories with a Group 1 at 9/4.

Race four: Samantha’s thoughts on the English Runners-

The two English fillies both won at Royal Ascot. Daahyeh won the Albany and wasn’t beaten far by Queen Mary winner Raffle Prize in the Duchess Of Cambridge. We’ve not seen her since but Raffle Prize has subsequently been beaten a small margin in a group one. Under The Stars won the Princess Margret and was a big price but very impressive. Since then, she’s been beaten in the Lowther, but only by two lengths. I prefer the chances of the former.

Race six is the Group 1 Comer Group International over one mile and six furlongs. Kew Gardens runs for the inform Aidan O’Brien in this competitive group 1. This son of Galileo has been off the track since May but I don’t think that will be an issue. He has had two runs this year and finished second twice, I think excuses can be made for each of those defeats. He steps back up in trip to this more stamina testing one mile and six furlongs. I think he will be fit and can go close at 3/1.

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