TEN SOVEREIGNS is probably worth his weight in gold now, yet he only made his debut two weeks ago!
Talk about instant stardom. But the way he has twice accelerated away from his rivals at The Curragh was little short of breath taking.
He’ll be a huge attraction in the Middle Park where it will take something very special indeed to lower his colours.
In saying all that, I’ll not be rushing down to the bookies to lump on for the 2,000 Guineas as he could well finish up as a sprinter.
A thoroughly exciting sprinter no doubt, but a speed merchant, pure and simple.
His runaway victory in the Round Tower was obviously the highlight of last Saturday’s Curragh fixture, but Aidan O’Brien had plenty more to enthuse over also.
Ballydoyle is clearly firing on all cylinders again and 13 winners over four Curragh meetings in the last fortnight is ample proof of that.
Just Wonderful was highly impressive when coming from last to first to take the Flame Of Tara.
Paddy Power cut her to 16/1 – from 50’s – for the 1,000 Guineas and we’ll certainly know a lot more after her next outing as Aidan is aiming high.
The Marcel Boussac, the Fillies Mile and the Moyglare are all under consideration and she is certainly entitled to compete at that exalted level.
Seamie Heffernan and Kenya simply scooted home in the normally fiercely competitive Tote Irish Cambridgeshire.
“We gave him a good break after his last run in France and he was just ready to start back” O’Brien explained.
“Coming here we thought he would improve from the run, and hopefully he will” he added.
Sydney Opera House had started the day well for the all conquering Tipperary outfit when taking the mile juvenile maiden.
O’Brien said “We thought he’d win last time at Leopardstown but he was beaten by a very good horse of Kevin Prendergast’s (Madhmoon)”.
“He could come back here for the Beresford Stakes and will make a nice middle distance horse next year.”
Jessica Harrington’s I’m So Fancy is becoming a real Curragh specialist.
She battled well to take the Snow Fairy Stakes by a half length from Sir Michael Stoute’s raider Desert Diamond.
Her next appearance could be back at Headquarters in the Blanford Stakes tomorrow week, part of a mouth watering Irish Champions Weekend.
After 14/1 shot Stella d’Oro last week, the gravy train keeps rolling for Declan’s exclusive and highly selective Irish Racing Service.
Latest winners include Lost Treasure 6/1; Urban Beat 4/1; Cardini 10/3 (won 3/1); Lethal Power 11/4 (w 7/4); Cosmic Horizon 15/8 (w 7/4); Sir Eric 11/8 and Sydney Opera House 5/4.
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