Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 7 December 2019

Order of St George a threat at Curragh

Aidan O'Brien saddles Ol' Man River in this afternoon's Beresford Stakes at the Curragh. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Aidan O'Brien saddles Ol' Man River in this afternoon's Beresford Stakes at the Curragh. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Aisling Crowe

If a colt with the potential to win a Classic or Group One  is what you seek, then an excellent place to start the search is in this afternoon’s Beresford Stakes at the Curragh. The race boasts a roll call of future champions among its most recent winners, with Sea The Stars, St Nicholas Abbey, Azamour and Alamshar all highlighting their potential in this Group Two contest.

Aidan O’Brien has trained a remarkable 13 winners of this race and he saddles the favourite for today’s renewal – the €2.85m purchase Ol’ Man River. The son of dual 1,000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo and Coolmore’s late sire Montjeu made a pleasing debut over course and distance last month, giving the impression that he had a bright future.

Stable companion Order Of St George gave a classy performance when winning his maiden last time out and if he handles the good going, he may be the one to give Ol’ Man River the most to mull over. It is interesting that Jim Bolger has opted to give McGuigan his debut in this race, which indicates the shrewd trainer clearly thinks highly of him and he is one to watch.

After Qualify forced the pace in the Moyglare Stakes, she wasn’t all that far behind Cursory Glance in sixth place and that would appear to be the best form in the race. However, the Jim Bolger-trained Stellar Glow made a promising debut, finishing second in a maiden at Leopardstown on Irish Champions’ Weekend. It is likely the once-raced daughter of Sea The Stars has much more improvement to come than the others and she should become the second successive  winner of the Group Three CL and MF Weld Park Stakes for her sire.

The Dermot Weld-trained Forgotten Rules can win the listed Loughbrown Stakes.

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