Race Time: 2.50pm Meeting: The Curragh Day: Sunday 27th September Distance: 7f
Full Race Name: C.L. & M.F. Weld Park Stakes (Group Three) (Fillies)
Over to Ireland on a Sunday afternoon and it doesn’t get much better than that, leaving us wondering exactly why we have a zillion races on a Saturday, and so little of any relevance most Sundays here in the United Kingdom? Rant over, and it seems fair to guess that we will end up with a pretty small field here – after all, of the original declarations, Jim Bolger was responsible for five of them and Aiden O’Brien another four – and we thought our racing got a bit silly sometimes! Second guessing the decisions of both yards wasn’t easy (or correct!) but we now have to assume that How High The Moon (11/4) is the stable number one with a rejuvenated Ryan Moore booked to ride. The daughter of Fastnet Rock won first time out here over this trip and was then an acceptable second to Kind Of Magic back here but stepped up to a mile where she ran on strongly all the way to the line. Although she is bred to be as good at this trip as over further the fact that things looked to happen that bit too fast for her over a mile worries us, with the furlong less to get organised in today, though with the World’s best jockey on board all things are possible.
Mick Halford sends the only unbeaten filly in the line up to post looking to step up considerably on her Leopardstown debut where Anamba (7/2) kept on well to hold off Coolmore by a head. Although the O’Brien beasts re-opposes today (Joseph O’Brien rides), there is no real reason why that form should be revered with the extra furlong possibly suiting both of them equally but with Anamba having her first run that day, she ought to be the one to improve the most and could well be an each way option – we await the prices with interest!
We did get it right with one yard though as Jim Bolger lets the highly promising Mrs King (25/1) take her chance in the Godolphin colours as she really caught the eye last time out at Tipperary. It was only an £8000 or so maiden but she could do no more than extend her lead when challenged to go away for a four and a half length success easing down, though the runner up let the form down when thrashed next time out at Dundalk. The third has won twice since, one a Group Three at Leopardstown which cheers us up a bit, and if she improves again she could well cause a bit of an upset here. Trainer David Wachman has a pretty good line to a lot of the top Irish juvenile form and if he sends Last Waltz (12/1) here, she must have been working well enough to warrant her place in the line up. The daughter of Danehill Dancer looked pretty smart when running away with her maiden at Roscommon with the runner up boosting the form with a win next time out, but she blotted her copybook next time out in a Listed race here at The Curragh when hampered while looking for her run, coming home in fourth and looking as if she had hardly had a race. We doubt she would have own regardless to be blunt, but she would almost certainly have finished a lot closer, and if we forgive her that, she arrives here with a pretty decent each way chance.
Sun’Aq (40/1) may well cross the Irish Sea for Newmarket supremo Sir Mark Prescott and is the only British challenger declared for this valuable contest. Unlike the majority of the stable’s horses, she won first time out at Wolverhampton and followed up on heavy ground at Ffos Las, before finishing second to Al Shahaniya in a thee runner Conditions race at Kempton and most recently filling the same position behind Awohaam in a Catterick nursery. Why connections feel that is within twenty lengths of the form needed to get involved in a race like this is beyond us, and we would even doubt Sir Mark is behind her entry, but as the only “foreign” raider, she deserves a passing mention but it will be the shock of the season if she can win this afternoon.