Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Dutch Connection to run in Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes

Jamaica (left) struggles slightly in the Acomb
Jamaica (left) struggles slightly in the Acomb

Nick Robson

Acomb Stakes winner Dutch Connection will run in the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes on the second day of Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Dutch Art colt was second to John Gosden's promising Faydhan at Haydock before breaking his duck at Goodwood in impressive fashion.

He was then sent off a relatively unconsidered 16-1 chance in a strong-looking renewal of the Acomb but came out on top.

Trainer Charlie Hills said: "Dutch Connection will run in the National Stakes this weekend.

"His form looks stronger and stronger all the time so we're looking forward to it."

Gleneagles, Highland Reel, John F Kennedy, Jamaica, War Envoy and Toscanelli are Aidan O'Brien's possible runners.

The O'Brien-trained Leading Light is among 16 remaining horses in the Palmerstown House Irish St Leger.

Pale Mimosa, Forgotten Rules and 2012 winner Royal Diamond help form part of a strong home team.

Brown Panther, Cavalryman, Pallasator and 2012 Ladbrokes St Leger winner Encke are all still engaged.

Roger Varian's Cursory Glance is on target for the Moyglare Stud Stakes, in which he could be joined by fellow British challengers Malabar and Osaila.

Found, who was supplemented for the race, looks O'Brien's main hope, while Jim Bolger's Lucida is also likely to be well fancied.

The O'Brien-trained Chicquita, not seen since winning last year's Irish Oaks, could make her debut for Coolmore in the Moyglare "Jewels" Blandford Stakes.

Carla Bianca, who arrives on a five-timer, Tarfasha, Vote Often and Roheryn are three-year-olds with chances, while British possibles include Sir Michael Stoute's Mango Diva.

Maarek is due to turn out quickly in the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes after failing to figure at Haydock at the weekend.

William Haggas has left in Muthmir, who has the Portland at Doncaster as another option, with Hamza, Extortionist, Stepper Point, Sir Maximilion and Wind Fire also still in the hunt.

Guerre, not seen since Royal Ascot, is also among the 23 left in.

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