Munaashid, who contests the one-mile maiden, makes most appeal on today’s eight-race programme at the Curragh. The Dermot Weld-trained colt made his debut at this track little more than a fortnight ago, and was notably well backed beforehand to make a winning start .
The son of Lonhro ran very well, but was unable to quicken up at the business end, and had to settle for sixth place, beaten just two lengths, behind Hit It A Bomb. The winner has since franked the form, running away with a listed event at Dundalk, while fourth-placed Cook Islands was similarly impressive winning his maiden, last week at Navan.
He has a little to find with Theodorico on that form, but that rival had the benefit of two previous runs, and the extra furlong should also help Munaashid reverse the form.
Theodorico and Mittersill are respected, but Aidan O’Brien won the last two renewals of the race and his runners, Idaho and Immortal Bridge, may provide a bigger threat. Money for either would be significant.
Sufoof can make the most of a drop in grade to take the fillies’ maiden which opens the card. Ninth on debut in maiden won by Leafy Shade, she was off the track for a couple of months before finishing fourth behind Rayisa in a one-mile maiden at Gowran next time.
Brought to the fore, from a poor draw, she was involved throughout but unable to find the extras required to have a real say in the finish. Nevertheless, it was a very good effort to be beaten less than four lengths, and the drop back to seven furlongs here should suit. From a decent draw, she should be able to take up a prominent position once more, and is preferred to well-bred newcomer Raymonda.
The Book 2016 Curragh Hospitality Handicap over five furlongs is not the easiest of the day’s races to decipher, but the booking of Kevin Manning for Oneoveryou catches the eye, and the filly can build on a fine effort in defeat behind Tylery Wonder over course and distance recently.
That effort was up there with her best to date, and the lightly raced four-year-old can improve. Today’s race represents an easier task, and she looks sure to go close. Captain Cullen, who was in front of her last time, should also be in the shake-up.
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