Irish Oaks lowdown: Magic Wand heads O’Brien’s bid for 40th Irish Classic win
5.30 Curragh: Darley Irish Oaks (Group 1) | 3yo fillies | 1m4f | RTE2/ATR
Group 1 winners Magic Wand and Forever Together do battle for the third time in Saturday’s Darley Irish Oaks as Aidan O’Brien bids for a 40th Irish Classic success.
Magic Wand beat her Ballydoyle stablemate in the Cheshire Oaks before finishing 11 lengths behind Forever Together when that filly landed the Oaks at Epsom.
Royal Ascot brought about significant improvement in Magic Wand, winning the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes in impressive fashion, while Forever Together came up short on her most recent start when finding four-year-old Urban Fox too good in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes.
O’Brien, who will be chasing a sixth win in the fillies’ Classic and, unusually, his first Irish Classic of the year, sent out Bracelet to complete the Ribblesdale-Irish Oaks double in 2014, while the latest to achieve the Epsom-Curragh Oaks double was Enable 12 months ago.
The master trainer, who is also represented by Bye Bye Baby, said: “All has gone well with Magic Wand since Ascot, where she won nicely. We’re very happy with her.
“We’ve been happy with Forever Together since the Pretty Polly. I’d say it was more the drop to a mile and a quarter rather than the fast ground that was against her that day. She’s a good mover and stays well, and we’re trying cheekpieces as she can be a bit lazy.”
He added: “Bye Bye Baby is a consistent filly and is in good form. We felt she was entitled to take her chance.”
Magic Wand pros and cons
Pros Got the trip well when winning impressively at Royal Ascot and further improvement on the cards
Cons Has plenty to find with Forever Together on Epsom Oaks form
Forever Together pros and cons
Pros Won the Oaks at Epsom in good style and return to a mile and a half should suit after Pretty Polly Stakes defeat over shorter trip
Cons Appeared to appreciate easy ground at Epsom
Does Haggas filly have the class?
Whether it was the right call or not to swerve Epsom with Sea Of Class, we can never really know, but the Tsui family’s filly has the belated chance to become a Classic winner on Saturday.
While the O’Brien-trained trio who oppose her all ran at Epsom, with Forever Together, Bye Bye Baby and Magic Wand finishing first, third and fourth, Sea Of Class was tucked up in her box in Newmarket, with William Haggas and her owners opting to miss the race on account of soft ground, although her trainer was lukewarm, at best, over running anyway.
Sea Of Class had won a Listed race at Newbury before the Epsom Classic in fine style, and went back to the same track to win a similar race by the same margin of two lengths, although perhaps not quite so eyecatchingly as previously.
The filly did not race as a juvenile and will be having her fourth start at the Curragh.
Haggas said: “Sea Of Class was a very late foal so we thought we’d skip the Oaks with her when the rain was forecast and take a more softly-softly approach, with a view to taking in this.
“She has won two Listed races in good style and she should get the trip. She certainly shapes that way.
“She had a nice spin on the July course on some lovely ground just before the July meeting, which has put her spot on. It’s good to firm over there, which she will enjoy, although they are forecast some rain.”
The trained added: “We’ve had one runner in the race before, which was Mont Etoile a few years ago, but we have our best bunch of fillies for a while and hopefully we can keep the run going.”
Sea Of Class pros and cons
Pros Looks progressive and ground in her favour
Cons Unproven above Listed level and at the trip
Tudor to be played late – McCreery
Runner-up in the Naas Oaks Trial on her most recent start, Mary Tudor represents Godolphin and trainer Willie McCreery, who said: “She’s in good shape. Billy [Lee] rode her in her last piece of work during the week and was very happy with her.
“I think she’ll relish the step up in trip and we’ll sit with her until the turn into the straight and as long as possible. We’ll try to be the last to play and hopefully there is something to play at the end.”
He added: “I’m very positive and you have to be if you’re going into an Irish Oaks.”
Weld representative lacks experience
Romiyna, a daughter of Nathaniel, flies the flag for Dermot Weld and the Aga Khan and is the least experienced filly in the line-up having raced only twice.
A six-length maiden winner on her debut at Gowran Park in May, she finished only sixth in the Naas Oaks Trial.
Weld said: “It’s probably a bit ambitious but the bit of rain that arrived this morning will help her.
“I’ve been very pleased with the way she has been training and we felt she was entitled to take her chance.”
Black-type aim for O’Brien outsider
A maiden winner over the course at a mile and a quarter before finishing fifth in the Naas Oaks Trial, Tissiak represents Joseph O’Brien, who made the Classic breakthrough as a trainer when Latrobe landed the Irish Derby last month.
The trainer reported: “She’s in good form and the course and trip will suit. But it is very competitive, as you’d expect an Oaks to be, and if she could get some black type it would be a dream result.”
fonte : RacingPost
20/07/2018. Purtroppo colica per You Better Run, niente Papin. Sabato Sea Of Class al Curragh. Frankie Dettori sarà ascoltato martedì mattina dal BHA dopo l’appiedamento.
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A.N.A.C.: ISABELLA BEZZERA – MASSIMO PARRI
A.N.A.G.: RICCARDO MENICHETTI
F.I.A:: STEFANO LUCIANI
U.I.F.: LUCA MANIEZZI
S.I.R.E.: GIORGIO GUGLIELMI
U.N.P.C.P.s.: RICCARDO CANTONI – MARIO MASINI
Un ringraziamento dovuto va al Dr. Pio Bruni che per primo ha creduto a questo progetto ed ha iniziato questo lungo percorso oggi concluso con successo.
A.G.R.I. il Presidente – Andrea Picchi
A.N.A.C. Il Presidente – Massimo Parri
A.N.A.G. il Presidente – Riccardo Menichetti
F.I.A. il Presidente – Annibale Brivio Sforza
U.I.F. Il Presidente – Luca Maniezzi
S.I.R.E. Il Presidente – Giorgio Guglielmi
U.N.P.C.P.s. Il Presidente – Mario Masini
It’s very hot! Saturday racing is at Seoul with 11 races from 14:00 to 21:00:
Race 1: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
(4) SONGAM GONGJU has been close in each of her latest three, running a good 2ndover this distance back in May before following up with a 3rd and 4th in two tries at 1200M. She only needs another top-three finish to go up in class and she can exit class 6 with a win here. She’s not a fast-starter but can finish strongly. (7) KAILLUM YEOJE has two 5ths among three efforts so far and can improve here under the in-form Antonio Da Silva, (3) SINBIRYONG and (10) MAX THUNDER also come in having run 5th last time out and can improve too. (8) HWANSANGUI BIT showed progress when running 3rd at this distance last time and while it was a slow time in a slow race, can be a threat here.
|Selections||(4) Songam Gongju (7) Kaillum Yeoje (3) Sinbiryong (10) Max Thunder|
|Next Best||8, 6, 9|
|Fast Start||5, 7, 8, 10|
Race 2: Class 6 (1000M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million
Eleven previously unraced two-year-olds go here chasing a big prize first-up. Two of them enter having won trials. (6) BAEKSAN MENIQUEEN and (11) MIREU STORM both coming home on top in their heats with front-running performances, with Baeksan Meniqueen the more impressive of the pair. Plenty of others caught the eye too though. The bang-in-form Manoel Nunes partners Simon Foster’s (9) CHOEGANG STAR. The Midshipman colt came 2nd in a fast hear three weeks ago and looks to have solid claims here. Matching his trial time was (1) CHEONSE MANSE. Nunes rode that one too in the heats and he can’t be completely overlooked. Other trial eye-catchers were (2) DEO JOEUN NAEIL and (7) ATHENA V but as ever in this kind of race, be sure to watch the market for clues.
|Selections||(6) Baeksan Meniqueen (9) Choegang Star (2) Deo Joeun Naeil (7) Athena V|
|Next Best||11, 3, 1|
|Fast Start||2, 9, 11|
Race 3: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
(8) SAGWARANG was an eye-catching nine-length winner over the distance on her second career start in an all-filly race four weeks ago. Accordingly, she is up in class today but has every chance of making all once more. (1) BLUE ANNA will be a big threat though. She broke her own maiden back in May, beating a couple of these along the way and ran a good 2nd place on her first try at this level on June 23rd. She may not challenge Sagwarang for the early lead, but she has a strong finish. (3) KKEULEOJUNEUN SON has been frustrating but showed she’s not devoid of talent when running 3rd over 1200M last time and interestingly drops back to the minimum distance for the first time on almost exactly one year. She doesn’t look any closer to her maiden win but can challenge for a place again. (5) STRONG LIGHT is never too far away and also looks good for the places while (7) BEST MAID came back into some kind of form with 3rd last start and can compete once more.
|Selections||(8) Sagwarang (1) Blue Anna (3) Kkeuleojuneun Son (5) Strong Light|
|Next Best||7, 6, 10|
|Fast Start||1, 4, 5, 8|
Race 4: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million
(2) MYEONGJIN MAN has shown steady progress across three starts so far and his 3rdlast time at 1200M suggests more to come. He’s up to 1300M for the first time and Manoel Nunes can continue his red-hot July. (10) DAE UNHA has shown ability too in four outings with a best of 3rd and should be the main danger. He returns from a couple of months off and drops back in trip today. (1) GOLD STREET hasn’t been too far away in her recent efforts and ran a useful 4th at the distance last time to enter the placing frame here. (8) DAE CAIN was well back behind Gold Street last start but can be given another chance here.
|Selections||(2) Myeongjin Man (10) Dae Unha (1) Gold Street (8) Dae Cain|
|Next Best||7, 9|
|Fast Start||1, 5, 8, 10|
Race 5: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million
It took (4) CHOIN DAEBO three starts to get his maiden win but he obliged handsomely enough over this distance on June 16th. He’s up in class today but strongly in the frame to win again, likely leading from gate to wire. (7) FIORE joins him up in class having run 2ndto him last start but clearly has more to find so a greater danger could be (2) LAST Read more of this post