There’s no stopping St George
Aidan O'Brien can dominate the second day of Irish Champions Weekend writes Anita Chambers. She has a tip for every race.
Order Of St George can win another Irish St Leger
BATH: 2.05 Tahiti One, 2.40 Le Rock, 3.15 BABYFACT (NAP), 3.45 Celestial Path, 4.20 Panko, 4.55 Count Calabash, 5.30 Tasty Ginger.
CURRAGH: 2.00 Naggers, 2.35 Planchart, 3.10 Cotai Glory, 3.40 Promise To Be True, 4.15 Churchill, 4.50 Order Of St George, 5.25 Humbert, 5.55 Elusive Heights.
CHELSMFORD: 1.45 Qatar Man, 2.20 Marzouq, 2.50 Press Gang, 3.25 Hakam, 4.00 Huntlaw, 4.35 Onesie, 5.10 Regal Miss.
FFOS LAS: 1.55 Subjective, 2.30 Defoe, 3.00 Mia Cara, 3.35 The Begum, 4.10 Man Look, 4.45 Rayaa, 5.20 Diminutive.
LISTOWEL: 2.10 Father Mattie, 2.45 Water Sprite, 3.20 Small World, 3.50 Brogine, 4.25 Westerner Lady, 5.00 Rightville Boy, 5.35 Fonder Brook.
DOUBLE: Babyfact and Promise To Be True.
It is a big day for Aidan O'Brien at the Curragh on Sunday and he looks set to dominate the second day of Irish Champions Weekend, with star stayer Order Of St George primed to lead the way.
The four-year-old bids for back-to-back successes in the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger and it is hard to see beyond the Galileo colt who has really dominated the distance division this term.
Indeed he first came to real prominence when registering an 11-length verdict in this race last year and while he did not run again in 2015, he has not put a foot wrong in winning each of his three outings in the current campaign.
Saval Beg glory on his reappearance was followed by a decisive success in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, showing he can see out the marathon two-and-a-half-mile trip as well as the 14 furlongs he faces here.
A comfortable success in the trial event for this race last month should have put him spot on for a glorious defence of his title. It might even be a crack at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe next, as the Melbourne Cup has been ruled out.
O'Brien is also expected to strike with Churchill in the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes following his recent Futurity Stakes win at this track.
Churchill won the Chesham at the Royal meeting and appears every inch a 2017 Derby contender at this stage, with plenty of improvement still to come over the coming months.
The Ballydoyle handler fields four in the other Group One of the day, the Moyglare Stud Stakes, and while Rhododendron has evident claims, preference is for stablemate Promise To Be True – the pick of Ryan Moore.
She has won twice from seemingly unpromising positions this term and her change of gear in the Silver Flash last time marked her a very special prospect.
A full-sister to 2011 winner Maybe, Promise To Be True can uphold family honour.
While Bath's card is certainly not equal to the Curragh action, there are two nice events to have a crack at with Babyfact taken to defy her career-high mark in the Control Developments Handicap (Summer Sprint Series Final).
Malcolm Saunders' runner has won on her last two outings at Sandown and Goodwood and claimed a qualifier for this event off a perch of 58 back in July.
She now races off 71 but is clearly still in excellent heart and ready to hit new heights in her career.
Celestial Path was once most useful, finishing fifth in the 2000 Guineas won by Gleneagles, and while he is not what he was, there might be enough in the tank to take the Boeing Defence UK Conditions Stakes.
Huntlaw is bred to be a Classic winner as a son of Oasis Dream out of northern legend Attraction and although he is a way short of his illustrious parents' achievements, the totepoolracing Find Us On Instagram Handicap at Chelmsford should be well within his grasp.
Qatar Man will be winning races judged on his debut effort here last month and gets the chance to back up a decent impression in the toteplacepot Racing's Favourite Bet Maiden Stakes.
A similar comment applies to the Jeremy Noseda-trained Marzouq in the toteexacta Forecast The 1st And 2nd Maiden Auction Stakes.
He was second to the more experienced Believable at Kempton first time up and clearly has some ability.