2.35 Curragh – Moyglare ´´Jewels´´ Blandford Stakes
If Tapestry bounces back to her best form she will take plenty of beating here, but this is her first start in 343 days after an injury interrupted campaign and given Aidan O’Brien’s soft approach, she made not be ready to do herself justice.
I’ve got this between Ribbons and Bocca Baciata, two horses who will enjoy underfoot conditions. Jessica Harrington’s filly BOCCA BACIATA comes here in better form, however and she will get the nod.
The daughter of Big Bad Bob has been in fine form this season, running against some of Ireland’s top three-year-old fillies. She disappointed at Ascot, but the ground was certainly quicker than she’d have wanted. The more rain today, the better her chance.
The only worry is there appears to be a lack of pace in today’s race, but with Aidan O’Brien running three horses, there is a chance we at least get a fair gallop to run at. The Ballydoyle team may well try and tee it up for Tapestry which will plays into our hands.
1.5pts win BOCCA BACIATA @3/1 (bet365, Boylesports, Paddy Power, Sky Bet)
3.05 Curragh – Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes
A decent renewal of the Flying Five, at least on a competitive front, with 12 runners biding for glory. There is plenty of pace on today so you’ll need a horse in form and who has the ability to travel sweetly.
Step forward LINE OF REASON who was a winner everywhere bar the line at Beverley last time out when he probably got to the front too soon. Today’s race sets up nicely for him to get a longer lead and if good enough, which I think he is, he can run well. The weight turnaround with Maarek there means I can’t understand why he is a longer price back on this less demanding track.
His trainer Paul Midgely has had his sprinters in good order this year and is no stranger to success on these shores with raiders. Indeed, Line Of Reason is a course winner here at the Curragh while his other effort saw a third place finish here.
He is improving and with Sole Power having a penalty and plenty out of form or not good enough he can at least hit the frame.
1pt each-way LINE OF REASON @10/1 (BetFred, Ladbrokes, StanJames)
4.50 Curragh – Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger
The 11 pounds ORDER OF ST GEORGE receives from his elders in today’s Irish St Leger is a pretty big weight concession over this sort of trip and with him strongly to the fore in official ratings, trained by a master and appearing to be improving, he is taken to win the final Classic of the season.
Aidan O’Brien’s son of Galileo was no great shakes as a juvenile, but since being stepped up in trip he has really found his niche. His debut second this season in the At The Races Curragh Cup put him, and indeed his stablemate, Bondi Beach firmly on my radar.
Why? Because the way the pair left a good horse in Forgotten Rules for dead late in that race was a sign of their class.
Two easy victories have since followed meaning he has had the perfect prep coming in and Aidan O’Brien may well complete a fantastic Leger double.
2pts win ORDER OF ST GEORGE @11/4 (Paddy Power), 5/2 (general)