Tomorrow’s action at the Curragh, which features the Palmerstown House Irish St Leger, brings Champions’ Weekend to a close, while the seven-day festival at Listowel gets underway with a very competitive card.
The nap comes in the 30-runner Tattersalls Ireland Super Auctions Sales Stakes, from which Reckless Endeavour can emerge victorious.
Ger Lyons’ colt followed up two smart efforts in defeat over five furlongs with victory in a hot maiden, over six furlongs, at Naas in July.
In victory, he beat subsequent Group 2 winner Herald The Dawn, with the now 101-rated Lieutenant General well beaten, back in third. The step up to six furlongs appeared to suit the selection, as did the decent pace from the outset.
It could be argued the Naas race fell into his lap somewhat, but that may be harsh as the son of Kodiac looks a progressive sort, and there’s every reason to expect another step forward here. A strong pace should bring out the best in him and, as long as the ground doesn’t become very testing, he should prove very hard to beat.
The greatest danger may come from Miss Elizabeth, who is officially the highest-rated runner in the field. She made a winning debut, and followed up by readily accounting for Blood Moon at Navan. She then finished a close third behind Most Beautiful in a Group 3, but struggled when seventh of eight behind Ballydoyle in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes last time.
The return to six furlongs is a positive, and this is a much easier assignment but she’s had four runs, and her progress may have plateaued for now. She’ll be hard to keep out of the frame, but Reckless Endeavour can improve past her and land the winner’s prize of é123,000.
Gay Kelleway’s Yeah Baby Yeah is best-treated by the race conditions, but would likely need significant softening of the ground to be seen to best effect.
Agent Murphy can take the featured Irish Leger for trainer Brian Meehan. The four-year-old has been most progressive this season, winning a Listed race at Ascot on his return, running a blinder in a Group 2 at Chantilly next time, and showing stamina to be his forte when running away with a Group 3 at Newbury on his most recent start.
While this is his toughest assignment to date, he is certainly unexposed over this trip. The arrival of rain won’t concern connections and he can land the spoils at the expense of last year’s winner, Brown Panther, and Order Of St George.
At Listowel, Sizing Alberta can take what looks a very interesting bumper. Henry de Bromhead’s horse wasn’t without his supporters in a hot contest on his racecourse debut, at the Galway Festival, and ran a race full of promise when third behind First Figaro and Another Cyclone. He will likely stay further than two miles in time, but travels strongly and will be hard to beat if made use of.
Volvalien can give him most to think about, although Crocodile Dundee has some very interesting point to point form, and Tell Me This looks a certain improver.
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