BANDUA (Dermot Weld) It was at Cork that dual Derby winner Harzand started out and while nobody was making comparisons, this stablemate has gone into many notebooks after scoring twice with real aplomb at the same track. The Gallinule Stakes at The Curragh is next stop and a prominent showing there would book him a spot in the Irish Derby.
CROCODILE DUNDEE (Tom Cooper) Looked sure to win at Tipperary on Thursday night but had to settle for second. As it was his first run since October it’s possible that match fitness was an issue – he was very disappointing first time out last year – so should be sharper next time.
FERGIETHELEGEND (John Carr) People have short memories and hard to believe that the man who trained Sublimity to win the Champion Hurdle was having his first win in two years when this lad won at Wexford. It’s ironic, given the trainer’s surname and the fact that the race was sponsored by Bolands Mercedez Benz, that they barely made it to the track on time having been held up in Dublin traffic!
FLATTERING (Aidan O’Brien) Mixed fare for Ballydoyle last Saturday with Saxon Warrior and Mendelssohn enjoying contrasting fortunes for the famed Tipperary yard. At the relative backwater of Cork this filly turned in a stunning performance though seemingly the outsider of O’Brien’s three runners. Don’t miss her in the opener at Lingfield today. Still some 25/1 for the Oaks available.
MRS GALLAGHER (William Jarvis) Excelled under Josephine Gordon at Naas where her superior toe gave her a decisive advantage over the five and a half furlongs trip. Fully entitled to take on the colts at Royal Ascot.
IDAHO (Aidan O’Brien) Almost guaranteed to beat inferior rivals in the Ormonde Stake at Chester, it was the manner of victory that impressed, with Ryan Moore particularly pleased. Forget the King George, which always looked a pipedream anyway, staying is very much the name of the game for this steady improver. He could make them all – including stablemate Order Of St. George – hop in the Ascot Gold Cup.
WOULD BE KING (Ger Lyons) Ran a cracker at Naas in his first race since July when just touched off by the race fit Imaging. Should get his turn soon and certainly liked the faster ground.
* Another great moneyspinning week for Declan’s Irish Racing Service with Claregate Street 6/1 (won 5/2); Causey Arch 5/1; Famous Saying 5/2; Like An Open Book 9/4 (w 7/4); Aiseolas 9/4 (w 13/8); Bloomfield 6/4; Bandua 11/8 (w 4/5); Screaming Rose 11/8; Idaho 10/11 (w 8/11) and Van Beethoven 4/5 (w 1/2). Each way – Texas Radio 12/1 (2nd 6/1); Forever Together 12/1 (2nd 11/2).
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