Monday 18 December 2017

River in full flow for Beresford

Ol' Man River
Ol' Man River

Ol' Man River, as low as 12-1 for the 2015 Derby, makes his eagerly awaited second appearance in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Montjeu colt is out of the dual 1000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo and looked the part when successful in his maiden at the end of August.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien will be looking for his 14th win in the Group Two to join his namesake Vincent O'Brien with most successes in the contest.

O'Brien also runs Battle Of Marathon, a Leopardstown maiden winner but well beaten in the Railway Stakes, and Order Of St George, who claimed his maiden by eight and a half lengths at the third time of asking.

Dermot Weld's Tombelaine will give O'Brien a good idea of where he stands going into the race.

Weld's colt finished second to Gleneagles and John F Kennedy, Ballydoyle colts with Classics on their agenda next season, on his last two outings.

Tony Martin is not normally involved in these type of events but he saddles an interesting contender in Clonard Street.

A debut winner for John McConnell, he was subsequently bought by JP McManus and sent to Martin.

Frank Berry, McManus's racing manager, said: "He's been with Tony about two weeks. The horse already had the entry and as he seems fine at home, we thought we'd let him take his chance.

"Hopefully he'll learn a bit more, it's only his second run. Tony trains plenty of horses for us so there's nothing really to read into the fact he's been sent there."

Ger Lyons runs Convergence, a Listed winner but last of five in the Futurity, while Jim Bolger gives a debut to the Teofilo colt Mcguigan. The field is completed by Charles O'Brien's Solomon Northup.

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