Sunday’s action takes place at the Curragh, where the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes is the feature. The nap selection comes in the finale, in which Silwana can make the most of favourable race conditions to take the Listed Loughbrown Stakes for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen.
A winner at this rack back in June, she was beaten a very long way behind Fields Of Athenry on her next start, at Leopardstown. Given a break after that defeat, she returned at the same track on Champions’ Weekend, where she routed the opposition in a big-field handicap.
Deservedly given a serious hike in the ratings by the handicapper, she is officially the highest rated runner in this race, and is better off at the weights with those which finished behind her that day. With conditions to suit, it’ll be disappointing if the progressive daughter of Peintre Celebre is unable to follow up.
The danger may come from last year’s winner, Toe The Line, who ran very well in a Group 2 at Doncaster on her most recent outing. She should appreciate the return to the demanding two-mile trip, and should reach the frame, at least.
In the featured Beresford Stakes Unicorn can give trainer Aidan O’Brien a fifth consecutive victory in the race. The full brother to Bondi Beach was well-touted prior to his debut but the signs of greenness were obvious, and he had to settle for a promising-if-modest third behind one of his rivals here, True Solitaire.
With the experience under his belt, he made no mistake in a Leopardstown maiden next time out. He must improve on that if he’s to succeed here, but that’s very likely, and he can reverse previous form with True Solitaire, who was a good second behind Johannes Vermeer in a Group 2 on his most recent start.
The Group 3 CL and MF Weld Park Stakes looks a terrific race, and Anamba can confirm previous form with Coolmore.
The two met in a maiden at Leopardstown on Champions’ Weekend, and only a head separated them as the former, trained by Mick Halford, made a successful debut.
A filly with plenty of size, she bucked the trend of her trainer’s newcomers by getting her head in front but, like her stable companions, can be expected to improve significantly for the experience.
Although Coolmore had the benefit of a previous run, she, too, should take a big step forward, and it’s very likely there won’t be much between them once more. On official figures, both must improve, but they looked exciting sorts at Leopardstown, and can dominate the finish once more.
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