Sunday 22 April 2018

O'Brien right in mix for Group One Curragh treble

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Aidan O'Brien is long odds-on in each of the three Group Ones at the Curragh on the concluding day of Irish Champions Weekend, the last renewal before the historic track's redevelopment.

The €400,000 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger appears a cakewalk for Order Of St George, winner of his last six without much sweat. The superstar stayer is in a different league to these rivals - and, indeed, every horse around in the long-distance division.

Churchill is no certainty in the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes, but nevertheless hard to oppose.

He is rated inferior to the raider, Mehmas; likely the handicapper will have to reassess things. The 8/1 available about Churchill for next year's 2,000 Guineas is worth taking pre-race.

O'Brien has four of the septet in the Moyglare, with Promise To Be True taken to extend a flashy unbeaten sequence. An O'Brien 1-2-3 in the race is no fancy price, given the abilities of Hydrangea and Rhododendron.

Best In The World can provide the stable with another winner in the Blandford, but Shamreen is preferred, while it might be worth chancing the consistent Toscanini in a Flying Five that could well go to one of the raiders.

Parnassian may be one for the British in the sales race, with Medicine Jack the one to beat, while last year's second Master Speaker can go one better in the opener. He hardly ever wins and needs to avoid traffic, but he has the class. Karalara has solid claims in the finale.

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