Moore and O'Brien can deliver big-race double
Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore can cement their new-found association with a big-race double at The Curragh tomorrow.
In all, the former English champion jockey partners four on a busy programme for the Ballydoyle handler. Among the quartet are the sensational Australian import So You Think and the Qipco 1,000 Guineas runner-up Together.
The latter faces 14 rivals now as she seeks to go one better in the Etihad Airways-sponsored Irish version. In an open-looking renewal of the fillies' one-mile Classic, Together's game effort in defeat at Newmarket is enough to recommend her.
Also in the line-up is the Jim Bolger-trained Banimpire, which steps up in grade but down in trip after winning three on the spin. Chrysanthemum, representing David Wachman, may be one to watch as the unbeaten Michael Tabor-owned filly makes her seasonal reappearance, while Ballybacka Lady also warrants respect.
Together's most serious threat could come from the unexposed Emiyna. John Oxx's charge has done nothing wrong in recording two wins this term, so it would be no surprise to see her again have a say under Johnny Murtagh.
In the day's first Group One, the Tattersalls Gold Cup, So You Think ought to land short odds. While Famous Name is overdue a win at the highest level, on all known form he won't cope with an on-song So You Think, and it's difficult to see any of the three other runners posing much of a challenge.
Johnny Murtagh, who has a rare spin for Godolphin on Campanologist in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, has plenty of live chances elsewhere. The Meath native partners Adilapour in the Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes, a Group Three that the rider has won the past three years.
While there are a few similarly promising types in the 10-furlong contest, Adilapour's half-length win over Banksters Bonus at Gowran Park sets the standard.
Earlier, Murtagh could get his day off to a fine start when he partners Nidian for Mick Halford in the Yas Handicap. No less than 30 runners have been declared for this six-furlong dash, so it is going to take some winning. Nonetheless, Nidian showed up well when third over five furlongs at Tipperary last time. Now that he reverts to six, he might finally get his head in front.
Tomorrow's nap is Fuschia Belle in the mares' maiden hurdle at Limerick. With the exception of Phoenix Rose, there is a lot of dead wood in this 18-runner event.
Phoenix Rose has the benefit of previous jumping experience over Fuschia Belle, but the selection may have a touch more class.
Later on, Ruby Walsh can get on the score sheet with Your Busy and China Goes Green. Having done little more than school round over an inadequate two miles on his first run of the season at Roscommon last time, Your Busy will strip fitter now over a more suitable two miles and three furlongs in the beginners chase.
China Goes Green tackles a big field in the three-mile handicap chase, but showed the benefit of a wind operation when scoring at Gowran Park in April.
Although he has gone up 6lb for that, he might still be ahead of the handicapper.