The Mandarin’s Sunday Racecard at The Curragh

Barronstown Stud Irish EBF (Colts & Geldings) Maiden 1.40
Auguste Rodin
Second on rules debut here over course and distance, so can only be expected to come on for that run, and that should give this Deep Impact colt enough of an edge to take the opener. Stablemate Greenland is by Saxon Warrior, and it will be interesting to see how he shapes on debut. Also of interest on his first run under rules is the Frankel colt, Glazunov, but Auguste Rodin sets the standard

Airlie Stud Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 2.10
There’s sure to be plenty of support for Aidan O’Brien’s Statuette, after her dominant display on debut under rules at Navan, but to justify the short price she’ll have to beat Zarinsk, our selection for this Group 2 contest. She won over course and distance on her first run under rules, and this Kodiac filly can put that course experience to good effect here. In the mix

Sherry Fitzgerald Country Homes Handicap 2.40
Gordon Bennett
This Prince Of Lir gelding is bred to have plenty of speed, and was a two length runner-up at the start of the month in another big field handicap. He is one going the right way and is perhaps better at six furlongs than seven, so has solid each way claims at the least

Paddy Power Rockingham Handicap 3.10
The move to Paddy Twomey’s yard seems to have brought some improvement for this lightly raced gelding, so he can figure now dropped to five furlongs. The trainer is in top form, and Billy Lee knows how to get the job done, plenty to like

Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) 3.45
Dreamloper (nap)
The feature can go one of the English raiders sent over for this valuable prize. Ed Walker’s Dreamloper won the Prix d’Ispahan at ParisLongchamp last month (given here), and that Group 1 form marks her out as the class act in this field. However, William Haggas is sending out winners for fun from his Somerfield Lodge yard, and he has chances with My Astra and Purplepay. Paddy Twomey’s La Petite Coco is the best of the home team in a red-hot renewal, but Dreamloper should complete the season’s hat-trick and collect the cash

Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Ragusa’ Handicap 4.20
Johnny Murtagh’s Golden Horn gelding has hit the bar twice this term, including here, and looks to go one better in this warm handicap. There’s plenty with chances, not least HMS Seahorse who was good enough over timber to line up in the Champion Juvenile Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival last time out. However, Safecracker gets a tentative nod at an attractive each way price, and should be in the frame

Barberstown Castle Irish EBF Median Auction Maiden 4.50
Paris Peacock
This term’s form figures read 2,3,2,2 so a deserved win beckons for Jessica Harrington’s filly. She was a two and a half length runner-up at Gowran Park three weeks ago, and if the retained cheekpieces can have the same effect, every chance she’ll land her first win. Big shout

Arioneo Irish EBF Maiden
Cougar (nb)
Aidan O’Brien can wrap things up in the final race with Cougar, who drops in trip after finishing runner-up in the Ulster Derby at Down Royal just eight days ago. If he’s fully recovered from that race, he’ll be the one they will all have to aim at. Leading claims

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