Racing on Sunday in the UK and Ireland takes place at the Curragh, Fontwell and York. It is the second day of Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh where there are four Group One races on the card.
One of our fancies comes at York where a Richard Hannon two-year-old can get off the mark at the third time of asking.
13:40 York – The Coffee Pod @ 9/4
The Coffee Pod has hit the frame on both his two starts so far for trainer Richard Hannon. He was a one-length third of 12 runners on debut at Nottingham (6f), while last time out at Ripon (6f), he was even closer when finishing in third place, edged out by the slenderest of margins.
The son of Acclamation was involved in a bunch finish at Ripon where he went down by just a short head. The winner of that race has since featured in a Group Three which indicates it was a strong contest.
Hannon continues to be in great form with his two-year-olds, and his runner features on the Betfred Betfinder as one of the Most Napped selections today, so there is strong confidence in his colt breaking his maiden in this opener at York.
14:55 Curragh – Highfield Princess @ 11/8
Highfield Princess dominated the sprint division in the second half of last season with three consecutive Group One successes. It hasn’t quite gone her way in the latest campaign, but she has consistently been faring well at the highest level.
John Quinn’s mare prevailed at Goodwood on her penultimate outing in the Group Two King George Qatar Stakes. She then came home second in the Nunthorpe, finishing a length behind Live In The Dream.
The six-year-old is the joint-highest rated runner in this Flying Five Stakes along with Bradsell, yet she will be receiving 2lb from the younger horse. This looks like a great opportunity for the talented mare to pick up her first Group One triumph of the summer.
16:00 Curragh – Bucanero Fuerte @ 4/1
Aidan O’Brien has two of the leading contenders for this year’s Group One National Stakes in City Of Troy and Henry Longfellow, although they may have to fight it out for second place behind Bucanero Fuerte.
Adrian Murray’s colt is the only Group One winner in this field as he won the Phoenix Stakes over this C&D last time out. That was one of the most impressive two-year-old performances of the season so far, as he prevailed by an emphatic four lengths.
The son of Wootton Bassett already has an official rating of 119 (the highest in this field) and he remains open to bags of improvement on what will be only his fifth career start. He is now stepping up 7f and he can put down an early market for next year’s 2,000 Guineas with victory in the National Stakes.