Timeform Shortlist: Curragh, Sunday August 7
2.05 K Club European Breeders Fund Maiden 5f
Blitz is just one of a number in this line-up who has shaped with plenty of promise, and with improvement on the cards, she gets the narrow vote. Mur Hiba, Slumming Angel and Dapper Man head up the lengthy list of potential threats.
2.35 Loder European Breeders Fund Fillies 7f
Timeform Top Rated:
103p 1. DANCING WAVES G. M. Lyons C. T. Keane
102p 2. HYDRANGEA Aidan O'Brien Seamie Heffernan
93p 3. LIGHT LAUGHTER D. K. Weld Pat Smullen
Dancing Waves was an impressive scorer at Down Royal last month, looking the type to win plenty more races, and she gets the nod to follow up. Hydrangea and Light Laughter both representing leading yards on the back of eye-catching efforts can give her most to do.
3.05 Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital European Breeders Fund Maiden 1m
Utah left the distinct impression he should have finished a lot closer having met plenty of trouble on debut at Leopardstown recently, and this well-bred individual is expected to show the benefit of that initial experience now. Stable-mate Yucatan (holds big race entries) and Shamad are just 2 newcomers also worthy of a second look.
3.35 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1) 6f
Aidan O'Brien has made this race his own in recent years and Caravaggio can provide the Ballydoyle handler with an astonishing fifteenth Phoenix Stakes winner since 1998. Already as short as 3/1 for next season's 2000 Guineas, Caravaggio was an emphatic winner of the Coventry Stakes last time and is by some way the best 2-y-o seen so far this year. Medicine Jack is clear second best.
4.05 Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Phoenix Sprint Stakes (Group 3) 6f
Fort Del Oro will be playing for minor place money if Air Force Blue belatedly reproduces something akin to his brilliant 2-y-o form. However, while Aidan O'Brien's charge clearly retains ability judged on his effort in the July Cup, he still has a fair bit to prove at present and, at the forecast prices, Fort Del Oro is a more appealing option. Eastern Impact should also make his presence felt.
4.35 Plusvital Handicap 7f
Chestnut Fire continues to edge down the weights and left the impression that he could be about to capitalise on the handicapper's mercy when sixth in a big-field Galway handicap recently. Indeed, the 4-y-o may have finished a good deal closer had he not encountered traffic problems and compensation awaits. Deeds Not Words also figures on a handy mark and is feared most, ahead of I Will Excel.
5.05 O'Brien's Wines Handicap 1m
Timeform Top Rated:
103p 7. ASPEN MOUNTAIN David Wachman W. M. Lordan
102 2. WESTERN BOY P. A. Fahy Niall Madden
102 3. CASTLE GUEST M. Halford R. A. Smithers (10)
The winning post came a stride or two too soon for Aspen Mountain at Killarney where he finished strongly after finding himself short of room at a crucial stage. There should be better to come from this well-bred colt and he earns the vote ahead of another unexposed type in Rezeki. The 7-y-os Western Boy, who still has low mileage in this sphere, and Castle Guest also merit respect.