Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 26 April 2018

Moore makes up punters' minds about Debutante

Trainer Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore Photo: PA
Trainer Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore Photo: PA

Johnny Ward

It says something about the strength of Aidan O'Brien's girls' baby infants class that Ryan Moore has gotten off the Guineas favourite in tomorrow's Group Two Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes at the Curragh.

He steers Happily in apparent preference to September, which has looked a potential superstar on both her starts. The implication is that the Galileo-bred is improving beyond her stablemate. Happily was exceptional in her five-length Leopardstown rout last time and she may challenge another stable ally, Clemmie, for Guineas favouritism if she takes this.

Stronger runnings of the Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes have been witnessed but Theobald, by the Darley sire Teofilo, may upset the sponsors and take this for Jim Bolger.

His rating of 103 makes him the outstanding candidate, and he stays well. Perhaps Bolger can double up in the Group Three Qatar Airways Royal Whip Stakes with the likeable Qatari Hunter, though a 325-day lay-off is hardly a positive.


The Group Three Qatar Curragh Stakes could see Andy Slattery strike with Emadee. The grey filly oozed swagger at Naas, was value for greater than the winning margin in a decent maiden, and is up to this level.

The opener is notable, Moore riding Threeandfourpence, a brother to the smart Hit It A Bomb. The card tomorrow ends with three difficult handicaps.

At Flat HQ today, racegoers have a genuine treat as Order Of St George, Renneti and Rekindling contest the Comer Group International Irish St Leger Trial Stakes. Order Of St George is warming up for another assault at the big one and should have too much class.

Moore can take the opener with Minding's sister Conquest, which can surely prove her Galway flop all wrong. Bond Street can provide him and Ballydoyle with a double.

The nap is St Stephens Green in the Strand Inn Handicap for Emmet and Danny Mullins at Tramore. The track completes its August Festival tomorrow, when Fort Montagu looks lively in the opening Frank Gillane Memorial Maiden Hurdle for John Nicholson after jumping nicely at Down Royal.

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