4 To Comply with: Curragh Champions

Royal Ascot Day Three: Selections and Naps

It’s the flip of the longer term stars of the observe on the Curragh as we speak, as Day Two of the Irish Champions Competition dawns upon us. Two heavyweights of the O’Brien secure tussle one another within the Nationwide Stakes, while it seems to be a bit extra open within the Moyglare. Right here’s a Sunday Particular of 4 to Comply with.


Energy Over Princess

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2:55 – Flying 5 Stakes (Group One) – Artwork Energy @ 5/1 (BetVictor, Betfred)

For a while on Greatest Of Bets, Highfield Princess has been the go-to horse for us. The story, the velocity, all of it she’s been a revelation of the sprinting world. However she’s been hitting the body this 12 months, and I’m extra fascinated about winners and that leads me to Artwork Energy. Unbeaten on the Curragh, that course kind is critical above the opposite horses.

He’s 5 from 5, and has carried out at Group One stage too, his greatest efficiency was ending third within the 2021 Diamond Jubilee. With all that in thoughts, and with Highfield Princess simply not slicing the mustard in three Group One’s this season, Artwork Energy is the proper Curragh champion.


Fortuna Favours The Courageous

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3:25 – Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group One) – Porta Fortuna @ 13/2 (888Sport, BetVictor, BetUK)

Ylang Ylang is all of the speak, however wanting on her efficiency within the Silver Flash didn’t look as convincing because it might need seen. She made all however Vespertillo was closing on a regular basis, and with out tempo within the race Yland Ylang is susceptible. Porta Fortuna isn’t.

A Royal Ascot winner, beating Matrika who received the Airlie Stud Stakes subsequent outing, she completed nicely behind the colt Bucanero Fuerte within the Phoenix Stakes. Stepping up in journey shall be useful, and with no boys to face she could have a better process. Frankie Dettori is at all times an attention-grabbing reserving, and received’t need to depart Eire empty handed.



Fuerte To Forte

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4:00 – Vincent O’Brien Nationwide Stakes (Group One) – Bucanero Fuerte @ 9/2 (888Sport)

Who’s the one Group One winner within the subject? Bucanero Fuerte. Who received by 4 lengths in a Group One? Bucanero Fuerte. Who’s massively overpriced for the race? Bucanero Fuerte. For me he holds all of the aces. Even when Aidan O’Brien has two implausible wanting two-year-olds, in line with Seamie Heffernan, they’re not. To intensify my level additional, O’Brien hasn’t received this race since Churchill again in 2016. The truth that a Group One profitable two-year-old is larger 3/1 is senseless to me. It’ll be an enchanting race nonetheless.


King Of The Curragh

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4:35 – Irish St. Leger (Group One) – Kyprios @ 11/8 (William Hill)

We’ve missed Kyprios this 12 months within the staying division. His abilities final season had been unbelievable, and there appears to be a void needing to be crammed this 12 months. Braveness Mon Amis by no means got here on from the Ascot Gold Cup, and we’ve had a scarcity of dominance. However the return for Kyprios heralds a return to normality, and even at 90% he can put his stablemate Emily Dickinson into submission. Aidan O’Brien might need a terrific crop of two-year-olds, however he has a shining jewel right here, and Kyprios is again to defend his Irish St. Leger title the Curragh.

The easiest of luck!

Author: Patrick Thomas