The Mandarin’s Sunday Selections from The Curragh & Epsom Downs

The Curragh

Weld Park Stakes (Group 3) 2.30
Concert Hall
Aidan O’Brien holds the key to this Group 3 contest with Concert Hall who is a course and distance winner here at headquarters. She was last seen lining up in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, so this looks a whole lot easier, though she meets Sunset Shiraz once again who was 1 length in front of her in that race. Aidan O’Brien has his string in fine order so Concert Hall gets the nod for the first of the Pattern races on the card

Raa Atoll Loughbrown Stakes (Group 3) 3.35
The Mediterranean (nap)
He’s another colt from the Coolmore factory line sired by supersire Galileo, and his solid third in the Irish St Leger confirmed his steady progress through this season. He faces up to last year’s St Leger winner, Search For A Song, but that rival looked a shadow of last season’s horse in this year’s renewal. He gets plenty of weight for age allowance against most of the main threats here, and is hard to oppose

William Hill Ireland Joe McGrath Handicap 4.35
He’s an interesting runner here dropped to five furlongs after his summer move to Johnny Murtagh’s in-form yard. Previously with John & Thady Gosden, Ben Coen is in unlucky stall 13, where there have been no recent winners from there in recent times, though to be fair five furlong handicaps at The Curragh are few and far between, so not a good omen for the superstitious but he’s a well bred Kingman gelding who may have more to offer sent sprinting, solid each way claims

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Epsom Downs

Cazoo Derby ‘Wild Card’ EBF Conditions Stakes 2.20
Berkshire Rebel
Andrew Balding’s Berkshire Rebel just got his head in front on the line at Goodwood on debut against a well fancied odds-on favourite, but gave the impression that the extra half furlong here will suit, so he gets a tentative vote ahead of likely favourite, Goldspur, who was so impressive at Sandown on soft going putting clear daylight between him and the rest of the field

Go Epsom Handicap 2.50
Patient Dream (nb)
Apart from one blowout at Doncaster, where he finished last, Ralph Beckett’s charge has been a model of consistency in his career to date, always finishing fourth before winning next time out, and that’s been the pattern four times over. Of course, after winning over course and distance last time he raced, he should be up for another mid-division finish, but we’ll take the chance that the in-form trainer has him readied for the winners’ enclosure once again. Home and hosed for our Sunday next best

Apprentices’ Derby Handicap 3.25
This could go to the veteran Berrahri, who knows his way around here and this term his record reads 3,1,1 so is taken to serve up the medicine to the re-opposing pair of Aced It and Byron Flyer. Jim Best has really got something out of the old boy this year and he has to be respected back at this very particular track. The one to beat

Shanley Homes Handicap
Neptune Seas
It is hard to look past Charlie Appleby’s Sea The Stars gelding on his handicap debut. The trainer has had a season most only dream of, and this opening mark quite possibly seriously underrates yet another Moulton Paddocks inmate. Interesting dropped into handicap company and hard to oppose

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