Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Address unknown to get back on glory trail for Weld

Damien McElroy

ADDRESS UNKNOWN could give a timely boost to the prospects of his Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial conqueror Midas Touch landing the Investec spoils at Epsom tomorrow by taking the featured Silver Stakes at the Curragh this evening.

The headquarters session -- that includes a performance by legendary band Status Quo to launch the Bank Holiday weekend in style -- has a full programme of races tonight, including the Silver Stakes.

A progressive son of Oasis Dream, Address Unknown looked a certain future winner when making joint favourite Midas Touch work hard to land the Derrinstown Stud promotion last month at Leopardstown and Dermot Weld's 108-rated charge should have little trouble getting back on the winning trail here.

Current figures suggest Sebastian Flyte (105) will be no pushover after finishing under nine lengths adrift of Canford Cliffs in the more recent 2,000 Guineas, but the Observatory colt has to prove now he can stay 10 furlongs.

Sebastian Flyte's connections could have better luck, however, with Bea Remembered, which was far from disgraced behind Chinese White at Gowran Park. After an unlucky defeat there, she resumes in maiden company for the finale.

Tyrone handler Andy Oliver's Miss Velocity, along with young jockey Kieran O'Neill, will also be popular when resuming under a mandatory 5lb penalty for Wednesday evening's clear-cut Fairyhouse success in the cavalry charge for the Evening Herald Handicap.

Similarly, locally based Edward Harty's Camira, which picked up 9lb extra for Sunday's Leopardstown victory, should be right in the thick of things mix for the final leg of the Jackpot, despite the obvious claims of Drombeg Dawn and last year's winner Marias Dream.

Jim Bolger's Deire Na Sli, which chased up Foot Perfect on her debut at Navan last Saturday, and Tommy Stack's previous Gowran runner-up, Celerina, might enhance their stud values in turn in the two opening sprint maidens today.

Irish Independent

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