By Luke Keena (@lukekeena1)
Group 1 action comes from the Curragh on Sunday as some of the best two year olds clash heads in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes over six furlongs.
Nine horses head to post, a lot of these clashed in the Railway Stakes when Go Bears Go claimed victory. I am sliding with the Michael O’Callaghan trained runner, Twilight Jet. He finished fifth in the Railway when things did not go smoothly for him. He missed the break and had lots to do coming inside the final two furlongs. Once switched out he ran on very strongly to finish fifth, which looked unlikely two furlongs out. He wont mind the slower ground and I think he will go close at 14/1.
My NAP runs in the third race on the card, the DMG Media Fillies Maiden over seven furlongs. I like the Joseph O’Brien trained runner, Micromoon. There was lots to like about her debut run at Gowran when she finished second to a highly rated rival, pulling clear of the third. She won’t need to improve much from that first run to win this. I think she will be hard to beat with Declan McDonogh in the saddle.
The fourth race on the card is the Group 3 Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes over six furlongs. I like course and distance winner, Romantic Proposal for trainer Eddie Lynam. She was very impressive when winning a Listed race over course and distance on her penultimate start. She travelled very well into the race and once asked she pulled away with ease. She then dropped in trip to run in the Sapphire Stakes over five furlongs, where the trip and passage through was her undoing but still ran a good race to be third. The step back up to six furlongs is a positive and I think she will go very close at a price of 9/2.
The penultimate race on the card is the TRI Equestrian Handicap over a mile. I like Ice Cold In Alex for inform trainer, Ken Condon. He has been in great form of late running some very good races. He won his first race since 2018 when winning impressively at the Curragh in June, a race that has been working out very well. His best form seems to be over the seven furlongs but I don’t think the mile will be any issue to him, considering how strong he finishes his races over seven furlongs. His running style will have your heart in your mouth as he tries to weave a clear passage from the back. If he does get the clear passage I think he will go very close with Joey Sheridan taking off a very valuable five pounds.
The final race on the card is the Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Handicap over six furlongs. I like the Willie McCreery trained runner, Mogwli. He has shown signs of returning to form this year. He was last seen at Naas finishing fourth when he made the running. There is lots of pace drawn on his side with Verhoyen and Pretty Boy Floyd both likely to burn the trail, giving him a nice pace to aim at. He was a course and distance winner last year when causing a big shock, winning at 50/1 under todays rider, Jack Cleary. Cleary has won two races on the track, both on this horse. He takes a valuable ten pounds off and I think he will outrun his odds of 14/1.