HIBAAYEB gets the vote to land a wide-open Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh tomorrow.
To say that this is a real puzzle would be an understatement, but Frankie Dettori’s mount appears to be going forward rapidly, stays the trip well and should give us a big run.
She produced an excellent display to land the 12 furlongs Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. Hibaayeb travelled beautifully through the contest and picked up in fine style in the straight to score by three and three quarter lengths.
English Oaks form is liberally represented. Snow Fairy beat Meeznah a neck at Epsom, with Remember When a further two lengths away in third and all three renew rivalry, along with sixth placed Akdarena and Awe Inspiring, who was eleventh.
The form of that contest looks suspect, however, considering Remember When has since been well beaten. French challenger, Rosanara, is interesting, having finished second behind Sarafina in the Prix De Diane, the French Oaks, at Chantilly and is put forward as the principal danger.
The nap goes to Robin Hood in the L Behan Tarmacadam And Asphalt EBF Maiden, having given promise of much better to come when fourth behind his stable companions, Roderic O’Connor and subsequent winner, Master Of Hounds, on this track last month.
Dermot Weld’s Emulous has been waiting on a little ease in the ground and should get it in the Listed Kilboy Estate Stakes.
The daughter of Dansili stayed on doggedly at the end of seven furlongs when second to Kitty Kiernan at Leopardstown and shapes as if this longer trip will suit.
Samuel Morse and Dunboyne Express will be hard to beat in the Group 3 Jebel Ali Stables Racecourse Anglesey Stakes, but preference is for Jim Bolger’s newcomer, Glor Na Mara. He is a son of Leroidesanimaux and brings a big reputation to the track.
The Curragh today looks especially hard to solve, with the Ballydoyle riding arrangements in the opening Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden offering little help. Johnny Murtagh partners Misty For Me, who ran no sort of race on her debut when a remote tenth of 12 behind Wild Wind at the Curragh.
Seamus Heffernan teams up with Mist, who was seventh in the same race, about 11 lengths in front of Misty For Me. Let’s stay with logic and Mist gets the vote.
Gandolfini, who enjoyed far from a clear run when fifth to Airspace at the Curragh last time, is a speculative nap choice in the Joe Feane Lifetime Achievement In Racing Handicap.
Free Judgement could be the answer to the Group 3 Minstrel Stakes. He was certainly disappointing at Royal Ascot, but would have a leading chance on his second to Canford Cliffs in the Irish 2000 Guineas.
At Tipperary tomorrow, Bahrain Storm, representing the in-form Pat Flynn yard, can land the featured Grade 3 Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle.
Successful in last year’s Galway Hurdle, he is best treated at the weights and returned from a break in good form when third to Fisher Bridge on the flat at the Curragh.
Gordon Elliott’s Russian War, who won hard-held at Bellewstown, is the one to beat in the three mile Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort Hurdle.
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