Go Dutch with Hills raider at Curragh
Charlie Hills has only the odd Irish runner, yet may have found a nice opportunity for Dutch Connection in tomorrow's Qatar Airways Minstrel Stakes, a Group Two, at the Curragh.
A mark of 114 gives the five-year-old big claims. This is much easier than the Queen Anne, when his sixth to Ribchester was far from a bad run. Everything is in place for something of a seven-furlong specialist.
The day's other big race, the Kilboy Estate Stakes, is another nice opportunity for Tony Martin's Laganore, though her sequence of defeats is a little worrying at this stage. She faces her old rival Turret Rocks from the Jim Bolger barn and she is greatly feared.
That one's stablemate Dawn Delivers may provide stallion Dawn Approach with a second winner in the opening fillies' maiden, while Denis Hogan's Rhythm Of Love is one to monitor in the market in the Plusvital Speed Gene Nursery.
The €30,000 fillies' handicap is a trappy contest with tentative preference for Bolger's New Terms, which is certain to power home over the extra furlong on the evidence of her Fairyhouse win.
The Killashee Handicap may go to a previous winner in Willie Mullins' Digeanta, though a 631-day lay-off is clearly a worry.
They resume jumping at Sligo, where the nap vote goes to Canny Tom. Gordon Elliott's decision to eschew handicaps and target maidens with this strong traveller can pay off finally in the Taylor Construction & Civil Works Maiden Hurdle.