The Mandarin’s Saturday Selections from The Curragh & Newbury

The Curragh

Juddmonte Farms Expert Eye Irish EBF Maiden (Colts & Geldings) 1.30
Hans Andersen
The choice of Ryan Moore for this maiden contest, and this Frankel colt should come on for his debut under rules at Tipperary. He put in a good enough shift there to suggest there’s more to come, and as stable first string, expected to go close. Interesting

Jebel Ali Racecourse And Stables Anglesey Stakes (Group 3) 2.03
Little Big Bear (nap)
Aidan O’Brien’s No Nay Never colt should be the answer here, and he holds a full hand of fancy entries, including the Nunthorpe at York, and the Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland in the States. He was last seen at Royal Ascot going away from the field in the Windsor Castle Stakes over 5 furlongs, so this step up in trip seems the logical step, and with bigger days in the diary later this season, has to be the one to follow. Respected

Barberstown Castle Sapphire Stakes (Group 2) 3.10
Castle Star
This will be his first run of the season for Fozzy Stack, but back at his home track has to be high on the shortlist with a solid record here. His runners-up spot to the impressive Perfect Power in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket last September showed he copes well with the faster ground, and this race looks a tad easier. Jack Davison’s Mooniesta and the Ballydoyle first string Cadamosto rate the main dangers, but Castle star is a classy type and sure to be in the mix

Juddmonte Irish Oaks (Group 1) (Fillies) 3.45
Emily Upjohn (nb)
She just lost out to the excellent Tuesday in the Oaks last month at Epsom Downs, but can now exact revenge on the home team by landing the Irish version, in the hands of Frankie Dettori. He’s been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons since Royal Ascot, but now gets a chance to put his name on one more Group 1 trophy. Emily Upjohn is a very good filly whose ceiling has not been reached yet, and she’s hard to oppose if she takes to this track


bet365 Hackwood Stakes (Group 3) 2.56
Go Bears Go
The chance is taken on David Loughnane’s Go Bears Go, who will find this calmer waters than the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup he last lined for at Royal Ascot. There’s some good horses in this field, not least Royal Ascot scorer Rohaan, Charlie Appleby’s Man Of Promise, and along with Richard Hannon’s Happy Romance, those rivals are noted in a decent field for this Group 3. However, we’ll side with Go Bears Go at a giveaway each way price

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