Sport Horse Racing

Friday 24 May 2019

Ballydoyle axis primed to pounce again

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire Sportsdesk

After a successful weekend at Newmarket, it would be no surprise to see Aidan O'Brien continue his run of success on home soil at the Curragh today.

O'Brien has two of the four runners in the featured Mooresbridge Stakes - with his son Joseph and Jessica Harrington completing the field - and the Ryan Moore-steered Magical will start as a justifiable short-priced favourite.

The O'Brien/Moore combination have a strong shout in the previous race too with Happen poised to land the Group Three Coolmore Gleneagles Irish EBF Athasi Stakes.

It will be the first meeting at the course since its redevelopment and a good crowd is expected for the opener at 1.50 in which Sunday Sovereign, Arizona and Harpocrates are expected to battle for honours.

The Harrington-trained In The Present is one of the day's better looking outsiders in the 2.25, however, it will be a surprise if the O'Brien/Moore pairing doesn't strike with King Neptune set to go off a short-priced favourite.

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