Killarney hosts the only Pattern race across the world on Wednesday. It is a rare day for the County Kerry course to be in the spotlight, so we have run through the field of their Listed Cairn Rouge Stakes, alongside BetUK‘s latest offer where new customers can claim £30 In Free Bets when placing a £10 bet.
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LADY ANNER (Jessica Harrington/Tom Madden)
Yard runs three here and immediate impression is that this mare is not at the top of that list. Only career success came in a maiden as a three-year-old having been runner-up on her previous two starts. Since then, she has been campaigned ambitiously and peak form when only beaten 1¼ lengths at this level at Gowran last year is not bad, but well-held across the board since. Not likely to be involved for all this is an open race.
NEPTUNE ROCK (Joseph O’Brien, Shane Crosse)
Another to have only secured one 7f maiden victory in her career so far. Placed once at Limerick since, but has otherwise struggled to break beyond mid-division. Arguably best effort at this level came when fourth of 15 in this race a year ago when she could have been even closer, while tenth at Royal Ascot can be marked up. Nevertheless, should be at least one too good in this field.
SH BOOM (Ger Lyons, Gary Carroll)
Very consistent profile since joining Ger Lyons, for whom she has claimed two of her three wins. Both of those were in handicaps, but she has stepped up to contesting Group races this year and with significant credit. She was second in the Group 3 Gladness Stakes and third in the Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes, so has made her presence felt at a higher level. Only sixth in Listed company last time, but that was probably a very strong race for this tier and should be competitive.
PANAMA RED (Ger Lyons, Colin Keane)
First of the three-year-olds, who has a 3lb penalty for having won at this level as a juvenile. Claimed the Listed Ingabelle Stakes on her fourth start with a couple of these rivals in behind. Solid efforts in trials for the Irish 1000 Guineas without looking like winning, but was then down the field in that Classic itself. Should appreciate this drop in class and yard’s number one on jockey bookings so right in the mix.
CIGAMIA (Willie McCreery, Billy Lee)
Really impressive winner on debut at Naas last season and while only fifth on next two starts, those were in very strong Group 3s. Placed at that level at the Curragh next time out before victory in three-runner affair over course and distance. Came over to Royal Ascot to contest the Sandringham Stakes off a mark of 99 and ran a cracker to be fourth of 28. Seemingly always runs a good race and comes out best on official ratings. Easy to see her having the ability to win here.
LULLABY (Aidan O’Brien, Seamie Heffernan)
From a powerful yard, but patchy formbook on the whole. Defeats in all four starts at two, but then seemed to have stepped forward when winning on her reappearance. Since then has regressed once again and totally uncompetitive in the Cornelscourt Stakes, the Irish 1000 Guineas and in handicap company at Royal Ascot off a mark of 90. Needs way more to figure.
PARIS PEACOCK (Jessica Harrington, Chris Hayes)
Very frustrating maiden after six starts. All six have seen her place, with form of 223222, including defeats of a neck and a ¼-length. Has constantly found one to be slightly too good, though all her races have been in decent sized fields. She probably has a fair bit of ability, but in this contest her inaptitude for winning may not be as much of a worry. If anything, she may be an excellent each-way price with this field far from substantial.
SILKEN LADDER (Joseph Murphy, Ronan Whelan)
No-show in pair of starts at two, but much better more recently. Fifth on return at Gowran preceded back-to-back successes, the first of which came in a course and distance handicap. Backed that up with a more rampant win at Gowran Park, showing her to be very well-handicapped though was disappointing in a conditions event at Naas last time. Previous improvement is heartening, but last effort a concern at this level.
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TWINKLE (Aidan O’Brien, Wayne Lordan)
Got off the mark in bizarre circumstances when second past the post at Galway. However, the “winner” was a three-year-old running in a case of mistaken identity and this Coolmore filly was comfortably clear of the actual runner-up. Since then, this sister to Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck has really struggled to find her trip in Pattern company. May not get many more goes and probably needs some cut in the ground to be at her best.
VIAREGGIO (Jessica Harrington, Shane Foley)
Would have a fair amount of form to overturn based on her first three career starts, but swiftly rose through handicapping ranks as a juvenile last term. Won twice at Cork and the Curragh, though Group races to conclude that season, and open this one, were both beyond her capabilities. Respectable efforts in Listed company over 1m2f the last twice, though visual impression suggests dropping back to 1m is a sound move. Not ruled out.
VOICE OF ANGELS (Joseph O’Brien, Declan McDonogh)
Very competitive in five starts at two, including placing in two very strong maidens before getting off the mark at Thurles. Maybe slightly disappointing that she was beaten off a handicap mark of 96 twice earlier this term though was a comfortable winner of an open contest at Navan in May. Only seventh in Listed company in France and perhaps she has not quite trained on as well as others from her generation.
CIGAMIA’s fourth in a very good handicap at Royal Ascot is rock solid form in the context of this race and she may be able to take the step up to Listed company. Sh Boom is feared most and is the clear pick of the older horses, while Viareggio and the maiden Paris Peacock could also feature.
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