O'Brien hotpots can see off any threat to established Order
Published 10/09/2016 | 02:30
Order of St George, potentially the greatest stayer we have seen, faces a straightforward task in tomorrow's feature €400,000 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger.
Since a short-head reverse against Bondi Beach at the Curragh in June of last year, Order Of St George is six from six and has barely come off the bridle. He announced his stardom by winning this race by 11 lengths last year and he is probably a better horse than Yeats, which famously won four successive Gold Cups.
It may be connections' intent that Order Of St George betters Yeats' Cup record.
Perhaps the Willie Mullins-trained Wicklow Brave, ridden by Frankie Dettori, will collect the rather attractive consolation of €80,000 for finishing second.
Another hotpot, Churchill in the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes, can provide Aidan O'Brien with a ninth win in the race this century.
Richard Hannon, who recently had a go at the Irish racing entry system, was still happy to run Mehmas.
With a rating of 115 and his reliability copper-fastened, he ensures that Churchill should have no easy task.
With stamina concerns for antepost favourite Caravaggio, now may be the time for patient punters to take the 8/1 available about Churchill for next year's 2000 Guineas. Oh yes.
No overseas runner made it for the third Group One, the Moyglare, which - like the National Stakes - Ballydoyle dominates. Ryan Moore may have had to ruminate about what to pick from Hydrangea, Promise To Be True and Rhododendron, but it was still no great shock that he rides Promise To Be True, which races with a swagger.
The nap, Master Speaker, is a sporting one in the opening Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund 'Bold Lad' Sprint Handicap. Last year's runner-up will need all the luck in running he can get but the ability is there.
There is a pair of Group Two heats. Shamreen can benefit from the new distance in the Moyglare 'Jewels' Blandford, while Toscanini seems to have turned a corner and can go well in the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five.
Although Medicine Jack sets a demanding standard in the €300,000 Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes, Parnassian has the potential to prevail, while Karalara looks ready for ten furlongs in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund 'Northfields' Handicap.
Listowel's clash with Champions Weekend is far from ideal.
The harvest festival starts with a decent jumps card and the vast bulk of patrons will be willing popular Galway Hurdle runner-up Hidden Cyclone to glory in the Kerrymaid Hurdle. Class should prevail.