By Luke (@lukekeena1)
Classic action on Saturday evening comes live from the Curragh with eight runners heading to post at 7:15 for the Juddmonte Irish Oaks. Cayenne Pepper is at the top of the market after finishing second to Magical last month. This daughter of Australia won her first three starts as a juvenile before finishing fourth in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket. Prior to that she was an impressive winner of the Group 3 Flame Of Tara Stakes at the Curragh. Last time out over one mile and a quarter, she finished strongly suggesting the step up in trip will be no issue . She is by Australia, himself a dual derby winner.
The race looks to be a match between Cayenne Pepper and Ennistymon. The later finished second in the Epsom Oaks, albeit a well bet second. This daughter Galileo has gone from strength to strength this season. She only had the one run as a juvenile when finishing down the field at the Curragh. She started the season winning her maiden at Leopardstown. She then ran a big race seven days later at Royal Ascot, finishing second to Frankly Darling. She then reversed the form with Frankly Darling but was no match for Love at Epsom. I think she may be filling the runner up spot again behind the Jessica Harrington trainer Cayenne Pepper.
Paddy Power Scurry Handicap over six Fulongs-
Laugh A Minute ran out an impressive winner at Limerick last time out and was only raised two pounds. He was an expensive purchase in the horses in training sale at Newmarket last year. He was twice placed in Group 3’s when trained by Roger Varian. He has been given a nice draw in twelve while the favourite, Urban Beat appears to be drawn on the wrong side. I think Ardhoomey will make the pace from stall sixteen, giving Laugh A Minute a nice lead and hopefully he can take it up inside the furlong pole. I think he is potentially a group horse in a handicap and hopefully he goes close for trainer Ado McGuinness with Ronan Whelan in the saddle.
Paddy Power Minstrel Stakes over seven furlongs –
Although I am a big fan of Romanised, I think Lancaster House will be very hard to beat here. He showed himself to be in good form over course and distance last month when winning in good style making all under Seamie Heffernan. On that occasion he bet Speak In Colours who has gave the form multiple boosts. Romanised is a horse who thrives off racing and I think he will come on plenty for the run as he has done in previous years. I hink Lancaster House will be very hard to beat with Wayne Lordan in the saddle.