Thursday 19 October 2017

'Sovereign' can enhance British raiders' currency in Minstrel

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Dandy Nicholls' stalwart Sovereign Debt is fancied to make a successful Curragh raid in tomorrow's Minstrel Stakes.

Chris Hayes's mount faces a rematch with Gordon Lord Byron, his 2015 conqueror in the Group Two, with William Haggas's Adaay and Henry Pantall's French raider Cheikeljack also making the long trip to headquarters.

There are other locals with chances as well, but Sovereign Debt is running consistently soundly and loves it here.

Bocca Baciata can build on her Pretty Polly second in the Kilboy Estate Stakes for Jessica Harrington and Colm O'Donoghue, while Dermot Weld's determined course winner Rose De Pierre might go close in the fillies' handicap.

The day's nap vote goes to Nuclear Option, whose handler John Grogan is a dairy farmer who excelled with Katla in the past. Nuclear Option was second at Naas and the form has worked out, so she can go close in the maiden for Billy Lee.

Irish Independent

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