The Mandarin’s Sunday Selections from The Curragh & Chantilly

The Curragh

Romanised Minstrel Stakes (Group 2) 2.10
Pearls Galore (nap)
It’s a fascinating renewal with the smart Dr Zempf lining up alongside Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of Australia, who totally outran his odds to finish third behind the best miler in the world, Baaeed, in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. They will both have to up their game though, if they are to beat Paddy Twomey’s Pearls Galore, who is on for the hat-trick after winning both starts this term. Hard to oppose

Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) 3.55
Purplepay (nb)
Her fifth place in the Pretty Polly Stakes here was better than it looks on bare paper, and she’s entitled to be high on the shortlist for this Group 2 prize. Paddy Twomey’s Rumbles Of Thunder is the pick of the home crop, while fellow British raider, Potapova will have his supporters too. However, William Haggas brings Purplepay back to a track she knows, so she gets the nod in this lower grade

Chantilly

Darley Prix Robert Papin (Group 2) 1.33
Blackbeard
Aidan O’Brien holds the key to this contest with Blackbeard, one of his two runners. The Antarctic, a Dark Angel colt, has struggled in black type company, but is relatively unexposed after just four starts. Blackbeard, by contrast, has already landed a Pattern race, the Marble Hill Stakes, and just failed to hold on in the Group 2 Railway Stakes last time out. Blackbeard to return to wining ways in the excellent hands of Iortiz Mendizabal

Prix Chloe (Group 3) 2.50
Sippinsoda
Jean-Claude Rouget’s Sippinsoda will find these far calmer waters than the Prix Saint-Alary she last lined up for. Far from disgraced in that Group 1, she should have too much class for this field, with Daisy Maisy the main threat. Sippinsoda with ice the order of the day in the extreme heat of Chantilly on Sunday

Prix Messidor (Group 3) 3.25
Wally
Wally has the class to land this Group 3, and is the stand out horse in this line-up. He was last seen chasing home Ed Walker’s Dreamloper at ParisLongchamp, our pick for the Prix d’Ispahan. There’s nothing of that quality in this Group 3 field, so he’s the one to beat

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