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Curragh - June 27 2020
Curragh 13:00
9(6)
Seamie Heffernan

Snowfall

J:
 
Seamie Heffernan
T:
 
A P O'Brien
Age: 2
Weight: 9-2
OR: N/A
Days: 18

The first race on the final day of the Irish Derby festival at the Curragh is the Fillies Maiden over seven furlongs and we like the look of the Aidan O'Brien trained Snowfall.

The daughter of Deep Impact has a slight edge on some of the runners in the field having already had her first run under her belt and like many O'Brien horses should come on for that.

She finished a bold third in a hot six furlong maiden at Navan with the two ahead of her franking that form since which makes the filly the pick on form stepping up in trip.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/09/20CUR7Gd9-29
22/08/20CUR7Sft9-25
06/08/20LEO7Gd9-24
19/07/20CUR7Gd/Y9-21
28/06/20CUR7Y9-28
Curragh - June 27 2020
Curragh 14:10
8(2)
Oisin Orr

Katiba

J:
 
Oisin Orr
T:
 
D K Weld
Age: 3
Weight: 9-5
OR: 98
Days: 15

With no bet in the second race on the card we move straight onto the 1 mile 2 furlongs Volvo Cars Race and Dermot Weld has a very interesting runner dropping down in trip.

Three year old filly Katiba has had three runs to date, being a smart juvenile and winning on her racecourse debut at the Curragh over a mile and then finishing third in a decent Group Three at Leopardstown.

On her seasonal return she finished eighth of 11 in the Irish 1000 Guineas which proved too hot a race and now dropping back to this company should give her a good chance to get back on track.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
08/09/20GAL12Hy9-10
24/07/20DRO10.5Y9-96
07/07/20ROS12Hy8-124
28/06/20CUR10Gd9-53
13/06/20CUR8GF9-28
Curragh - June 27 2020
Curragh 14:45
2(10)

Alligator Alley

J:
 
T:
 
Joseph Patrick O'Brien
Age: 3
Weight: 9-12
OR: 104
Days: 20

The five furlong Rockingham Handicap every season sees a huge field of sprinters take to post and with that in mind we have two selections.

The first is the Joseph O'Brien trained Alligator Alley who drops down into a handicap having landed a Listed contest at York last year.

He also placed at Glorious Goodwood in the Group three Molecomb Stakes with the winner going on to be a bright sprinter placing in the Group One King's Stands Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Alligator Alley this term made his reappearance in the Listed Committed Stakes at Navan and finished a good second and should build on that today.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
13/09/20CUR5Gd9-50
15/08/20DUN6St10-00
08/06/20NAA5.5GF9-52
01/11/19SNA5Fm8-108
13/09/19DON5GF9-16
Curragh - June 27 2020
Curragh 14:45
10(8)
Colin Keane

Strong Johnson

J:
 
Colin Keane
T:
 
Kieran P Cotter
Age: 4
Weight: 8-9
OR: 81
Days: 15

In the Rockingham we also have an each way angle and we have gone with Strong Johnson who will be ridden by the inform Colin Keane.

The four year old gelding made his seasonal debut at the Curragh a few weeks back and bolted up over course and distance at the Curragh.

He has gone up nine pounds in the handicap but in the style he won the race and how progressive the colt looks it would suggest he will go well again.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
09/07/20NAV5Y/Sft9-92
28/06/20CUR5Y8-91
13/06/20CUR5GF10-21
15/11/19DUN5St9-24
03/11/19NAA5Hy8-112
Curragh - June 27 2020
Curragh 15:15
7(5)
Shane Crosse

Speak In Colours

J:
 
Shane Crosse
T:
 
Joseph Patrick O'Brien
Age: 5
Weight: 9-5
OR: 110
Days: 8

The first Group race on the Sunday card is the Greenland Stakes over six furlongs and Speak In Colours for Joseph O'Brien looks overpriced.

The five year old has performed to a decent standard in tougher races than this and having won on both soft and good ground at the Curragh it gives him a big advantage.

He is a very pacy horse that in the past has performed best over six and seven furlongs but has done his best work at this trip finishing a good fifth in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes last time out which in form sets the standard.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
22/08/20CUR6Sft10-16
09/08/20CUR6Gd/Y10-04
05/07/20FAI7Gd/Y10-21
28/06/20CUR6Y9-51
20/06/20ASC6Gd9-35
Curragh - June 27 2020
Curragh 15:45
2(5)
Seamie Heffernan

Magical

J:
 
Seamie Heffernan
T:
 
A P O'Brien
Age: 5
Weight: 9-12
OR: 122
Days: 253

The feature race of the day at the Curragh is the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes over 1 mile 2 furlongs and Magical is back to land the spoils.

We thought we had seen the last of Magical at Ascot on Champions Day when she landed the Group One event as she was set for retirement, but in a change of events she is back for another season, this time as a five year old.

Magical on ratings and form alone should beat this field with ease, being a four time Group One winner and having gone well fresh before justifies her favouritism.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
12/09/20LEO10Gd9-61
19/08/20YOR10.5Gd9-32
26/07/20CUR10Gd/Y9-91
28/06/20CUR10Gd9-121
19/10/19ASC10Sft9-21
Curragh - June 27 2020
Curragh 16:15
6(6)
Wayne Lordan

Roibeard

J:
 
Wayne Lordan
T:
 
Henry De Bromhead
Age: 7
Weight: 9-9
OR: 83
Days: 11

Moving towards the end of the card and the Penultimate event of the meeting is the 1 mile 2 furlong handicap and the horse that takes the eye is Roibeard for Henry De Bromhead.

The seven year old gelding has really got his act together over the last few season and has started this campaign in fine style.

He had a run to blow away the cobwebs at the start of June at Listowel but since then has won at Leopardstown and also placed at Gowran Park in a similar Handicap event.

He runs here off just two pounds higher than that third 11 days ago and he should go well again.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
25/09/20DUN10.5St9-40
02/09/20GOW9.5Sft/Hy9-39
12/08/20GOW12Gd9-40
26/07/20CUR10Gd/Y8-138
28/06/20CUR10Gd9-95
Curragh - June 27 2020
Curragh 16:45
2
W J Lee

Sharjah

J:
 
W J Lee
T:
 
W P Mullins
Age: 7
Weight: 9-11
OR: 92
Days: 623

The final race of the day is another handicap but this time over two miles and sees some familiar faces from the jumps and we are siding with the star hurdler Sharjah for Willie Mullins.

The seven year old although not having the best record on the flat has been highly progressive over the last few seasons when jumping hurdles.

He has landed back to back Grade One wins in the Matheson Hurdle at Leopardstown in the last two seasons and the last time the gelding was seen he finished a good second in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival behind Epatante.

He enters this contest off a mark of 92 and if getting good ground that can be massively exploited.

The yard also run Jon Snow who should also go well returning to the flat after not performing to a high enough standard over hurdles.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/07/20GAL17Sft11-100
28/06/20CUR16Gd9-114
10/03/20CHL16.5Sft11-102
01/02/20LEO16Y11-106
29/12/19LEO16Y11-101
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