The Mandarin’s Irish Champions’ Weekend Curragh Racecard & Selections from ParisLongchamp

The Curragh

Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Bold Lad’ Sprint Handicap 2.00
Mr Lupton
A really hot handicap to get things under way on one of the best days of racing to be seen on these shores and probably best to stick with Mr Lupton who is a C&D winner, has the excellent Colin Keane for company and comes out of stall 6 which is as good a draw as any over six furlongs here, lots to like

Moyglare’Jewels’ Blandford Stakes 2.35
One Voice
Couldn’t get close to Aidan O’Brien’s Love in the Yorkshire Oaks but deserves to add to her one win this term in her sixth start. William Buick booked for the trip an added plus and she’s sure to get involved, go close

Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes 3.10
Make A Challenge
Six starts this term have yielded four wins and this Invincible Spirit gelding seems to have yet more to offer even though he’s five years old and a relative veteran in these sort of sprint races but he’s still producing the goods and this is his time of year. Sure to give his running in search of the hat-trick, respected

Moyglare Stud Stakes 3.40
Shale
Beaten by the re-opposing Pretty Gorgeous in the Debutante Stakes here on soft ground but has the chance to make amends here on quicker going. Young trainer Donnacha O’Brien has wasted no time in notching up the winners and can have high hopes here, good duel in prospect

Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes 4.10
Lucky Vega
Winner of the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes here over six furlongs but the manner of that win leaving the smart The Lir Jet trailing over 3 lengths back suggested the step up to this trip could be well within his range. Similar conditions today and a big run expected, leading claims

Comer Group International Irish St Leger 4.40
Twilight Payment
The move to Joseph Patrick O’Brien’s up and coming yard seems to have brought about even more improvement in this seven year old. A three time C&D winner he arrives here on a hat-trick bid having taken both the Vintage Crop Stakes and the Curragh Cup here over C&D. All the rivals know all about him but he’s still the leading player

Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes 5.15
Star Of Orion
Won over this trip on debut at Newmarket before two creditable attempts at seven furlongs (second and third) so the drop back here looks a logical move. The winner of his last run went on to win at Doncaster in the week so the form line looks solid and he’s the one to beat

Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Northfields’ Handicap 5.50
Sonnyboyliston
Another hot handicap to wrap up a great day’s racing and John Patrick Murtagh’s charge is two from three in handicap company this term. Cheekpieces added today to help him concentrate and he has had a break since winning over C&D in July with similar underfoot conditions, big chance

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Qatar Prix du Petit Couvert 1.00
Tour To Paris
Ran with credit in the Prix de Ris-Orangis leading for the first three furlongs before fading in the final 150 yards. The drop back in trip here to the minimum should suit and there’s no concerns over the ground, decent claims

Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris 2.55
Mogul
Costly yearling and full brother to stablemate Japan took the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood demoting clear favourite English King into fourth place. Third in the Great Voltigeur last time out is form that stands up and he has likely to have been aimed at this race, interesting

Qatar Prix Vermeille 3.35
Even So
Terrific run to take the Irish Oaks at The Curragh at odds of 10/1 and arrives here in search of a hat-trick. Just six runs under her belt, fascinating to see how much more there is

Qatar Prix Foy 4.10
Stradivarius
Needing no introduction John Gosden’s staying superstar has shown no sign of slowing down when push comes to shove, having only yielded to the mighty Ghaiyyath in his reappearance run at Newmarket in the Coronation Cup over this trip. Usually seen over further he still has an astonishing turn of foot in the final two furlongs and should be winning this with the rest of the field playing second string once again, hard to oppose

Qatar Prix du Pin 4.45
Earthlight
Held here to be one of the best three juveniles in Europe last season and has certainly trained on. Lost his unbeaten record in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deaville where Charlie Appleby’s Space Blues took the honours but was still within one length of the winner. Carries a much higher rating than any of his rivals here and it would be a major upset if he lost today, respected

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