Rerouted from yesterday’s Qipco 1,000 Guineas, presumably due to the fast ground, Found should make a winning start to her three-year-old campaign in the Canford Cliffs Athasi Stakes at the Curragh today.
Winter favourite for both the Guineas and Oaks, Aidan O’Brien’s daughter of Galileo and Red Evie beat stable-companion and subsequent Group 1 winner Together Forever on her debut at the Curragh last August before finishing a close but unlucky third behind Cursory Glance and Lucida in the Moyglare.
But the Ballydoyle filly bounced back and staked her claim as Europe’s best juvenile filly when, ridden for the first time by Ryan Moore, she proved an emphatic winner of the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp on Arc day.
Today, Found faces older rivals for the first time and must shoulder a 5lb. penalty for her Group 1 success. But, officially rated 117, she’s expected to land the spoils and boost her classic prospects.
David Wachman’s Alive Alive Oh, runner-up to Fascinating Rock at Leopardstown and the Dermot Weld-trained Shahzeena, successful on her debut in Cork, might follow Found home.
Testing conditions will mitigate against the Jim Bolger-trained Parish Hall, smooth winner of the recent Alleged Stakes over course and distance, in the Group 3 So You Think Mooresbridge Stakes.
And preference is for Dermot Weld’s Fascinating Rock, successful in the Heritage Stakes over a mile at Leopardstown and guaranteed to relish the soft ground.
The Ger Lyons-trained Endless Drama, runner-up to the classy Zawraq in a Guineas trial at Leopardstown last month, missed his engagement in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas due to ground conditions.
And, sure to improve from his Leopardstown run, he should prove tough to beat in the Power Tetrarch Stakes, in which The Warrior and Tombelaine look the chief threats.
Meanwhile, in Down Royal, Ruby Walsh should steer Marinero, a last flight faller at Aintree last time, to victory in the Sean Graham Bookmakers Hurdle
Cirrus Des Aigles held off Al Kazeem to win the Prix Ganay at Longchamp for the third time yesterday. Now well into the veteran stage of his career, the nine-year-old made every yard of the running under Christophe Soumillon.
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