The Curragh continues to stage top-flight flat action on Sunday after the thrilling win of Savethelastdance in the Irish Oaks on Saturday. What a ride by Ryan Moore. What a gutsy display by the filly. Absolutely fantastic.
For our nap we’re returning to County Kildare, and another high-calibre fillies’ contest. The Michael John Kennedy Memorial, a Group 3, over 1m 1f.
Sunday, July 23rd – more superb racing from the Emerald Isle, and hopefully we’ve one that might just do the business for us.
Our selection is trained by Joey O, the great Joseph O’Brien, and Dylan Browne McMonagle takes the mount. She moved to County Kilkenny from Germany in March, has won a Group 3, and contested two further Group affairs.
She’s only run at The Curragh since taking up residence here, and this jockey was aboard for two of those three outings.
So – decent level of form, entitled to improve for longer acclimatisation to her new surroundings, and knows the terrain well. But what really tips the scales above all else is the likely prevailing conditions.
On her Irish debut the ground was listed as heavy. She won with the minimum of fuss – as the Racing Post described it, merely ‘pushed out.’ Up in class for her two subsequent defeats, the ground was noted as ‘good’ on both occasions.
Given it’s virtually assured that the word ‘soft’ will surely appear in the going description for Sunday this is great news for her supporters, I believe. Getting her toe in as it were seems ideal, and as she’s just about the top-rated filly officially in the field of those that have marks, she’s got an awful lot going for her.
At time of writing she’s around 9/2, so for ‘insurance’ purposes an each-way shout could be called for, but I’m having a little straight win flutter. Should be a wonderful spectacle, with Dad Aidan in opposition, as well as an intriguing three-yr-old of Johnny Murtagh’s, Cadeau Belle, taking a big step up in class.
This is a Group 3 well within Goldana’s compass for me, and I’m hopeful of a very bold show. Enjoy what’s sure to be an entertaining, informative and exciting afternoon’s sport.