Quite a good day of racing over in Ireland, they show us how to do it on a Sunday!
With working where I do Irish racing is something that I’m getting more of a gauge on.
15:20 – A high draw is important & Frozen Lake (7/1) won last time out making all, so may be able to go in similar fashion. He’s a consistent type that should get into the frame. One at a bigger price but from a lower draw is Shabra Emperor (14/1 Coral). This trip for me suits better than the mile & is just 2lb higher since his last win.
15:50 – The Group 1 Phoenix Stakes. Buratino (5/2 Coral) beat Air Force Blue by 2l in the Coventry at Royal Ascot and can confirm this form here. He’ll need a strong pace to aim at and I’m guessing that is why Mark Johnston has entered stablemate Sixth Sense to run & to set the fractions. Despite being drawn lower than his rival Buratino looks to be a useful prospect. Aidan O’Brien does have a strong record in this race seven times in the last ten but I’d fancy a new name on the honours list here.
16:20 – Cliff horse time at Mattmu (100/30) lines up in the Group 3. He’s drawn in four, which is right in the middle, so won’t be too disadvantaged. There may be a lack of early speed, so he may get an uncontested lead, which should suit him. He’s finished 2nd in a Group 2 at York where he got caught close home & it was a similar story at Newcastle when the fast finishing Aeolus denied him a Group 3. He’ll run his race and should get a place. Anthem Alexander has been running in Group 1’s more recently, so this drop in grade should be easier and he’ll come off the pace late. Despite being drawn in stall one Fort Del Oro could be interesting. The filly was 2nd on debut and won very takingly when last seen – the 2nd from her win has won since. I’d be looking at her to run a good race at 10/1 as an alternative to Mattmu.
I’ll finish by congratulating Ruby Walsh, who rode Bashboy to success in the Australian Grand National.