Three English Raiders That Could Rock The Curragh On Saturday

Sir Maximilian

The first English raider we fancy to run a stormer on Saturday over in Ireland is the Ian Williams trained Sir Maximilian and he is set to run in the six furlong Scurry Handicap and we believe he has a live chance.

He has raced three time this season all coming in Class 2 sprint contests on quick ground that at the moment will be the conditions on Saturday.

His win came at Doncaster on his seasonal appearance where he looked in control and being 10 years of age he is a very experienced horses.

The gelding was poor after that at Royal Ascot but bounced back a week later at York with a close sixth in a 18 runner field and if coming out of that well has a big chance in a big field.

Safe Voyage

Safe Voyage is set to run in the Group 2 Minstrel Stakes on the weekend and this John Quinn trained runner has been a massive improver this season and looks ready for his first taste of Group 2 action.

He has ran three times this season being unbeaten, getting better and better with every run with his first run at Haydock, which has been the stomping ground for all his wins, came in a Class 2 Handicap.

Since then he stepped in to Listed company for the Spring Trophy Stakes over seven furlongs and again he was superb seeing off seven runners in good style.

His latest run was his best coming in a Group 3 on heavy ground with the second place running to a good standard next time out makes him a dangerous customer.


Star Catcher is the final English Raider worth some interest at the curragh as she will be one of three representatives for British-based trainers in the Kerrygold Irish Oaks at the Curragh this weekend.

The three-year-old Sea The Stars filly - sporting the Classic-winning colours of Anthony Oppenheimer, will bid to give John Gosden a third win in the race in the last seven years.

Previously winning with Enable in 2017, Star Catcher scored at Royal Ascot in the Ribblesdale Stakes in the heart of Frankie Fever - the day the Italian notched up a memorable four-timer.

She has raced just four-times in her career, but looks an exciting prospect lining up here and after her owner supplemented her into the race for €40,000 they must she is in with a chance.