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14:30 Curragh

Good To Firm

Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes (Group 2)

  • Prize money: £61565.22
  • 0m 6f 0y
  • 12 runners
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Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes (Group 2)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: 601-05 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Colt

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Really enjoys his visits here, four wins include this race last year and later in season made Group 1 breakthrough in Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot; satisfactory recent seasonal return at York (on ground plenty quick for him) should have blown away the cobwebs but would prefer some easing in the ground.

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1st

1

(1)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

Art Power

9st 4lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Fourth, fourth and eighth in the last three runnings of this event; showed himself as good as ever with Irish Group 2 wins in May (6f, good) and July (5f, soft) but he's been subdued since and is now 0-14 at the top level.

20/1

9/2

Form: 3110-1 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Really came of age last year, winning twice here, notably Group 1 Flying Five in September; showed well-being on last month's seasonal return conceding weight in Navan Listed C&D when beating Ocean Quest 2l; has won on good but really needs an ease in the ground.

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1st

1

(1)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

18:20 Naas

Moss Tucker

10st 0lb

J: W J Lee

T: K J Condon

started quickly, travelled strongly, soon prominent on far side of group, led going okay over 1f out, ridden and clear inside final furlong, ran on

100/30

1st

4

(6)

10th Sep 2023

Good

0m 5f 0y

14:55 Curragh

Moss Tucker

9st 6lb

J: W J Lee

T: K J Condon

prominent up the centre, ridden and went third inside final furlong, ran on well to lead towards finish

20/1

Form: /1151- D

Last run: 259 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Very smart sprinter was notching fifth career win when landing ordinary renewal of Group 1 Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock in September on good ground, beating Shouldvebeenaring a neck; first run since and handles quick ground so entitled to plenty of respect if rain stays away.

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1st

4

(13)

9th Sep 2023

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Haydock

Regional

9st 5lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

5yo who has been a revelation over 5f this season, winning the Listed Achilles Stakes here (good to firm) in June before a solid fifth in the Group 1 Nunthorpe at York (good to firm); he needs something extra today but in the past there was a suspicion that 6f suited best, and he's 2-2 here, so there are reasons for optimism now back up in trip; not discounted.

14/1

5th

4

(7)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

15:35 York

Regional

9st 13lb

J: Callum Rodriguez

T: Edward Bethell

5yo who has been a revelation this season, winning a C&D handicap (good) on reappearance and following up in the Listed Achilles Stakes at Haydock (5f, good to firm); up in grade today but he did it nicely last time and it remains to be seen where his limitations lie now things have really clicked.

7/1

Form: 4-0546 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Admirable 7yo a multiple winner here and second to Art Power in this race last year; not in the best of form so far this term and looks to have it to do.

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6th

4

(8)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

18:20 Naas

Big Gossey

9st 9lb

J: Robert Whearty

T: Charles O’Brien

Seven-time winner up to 7f; not at his best last few starts but is ground-versatile and can't be ruled out if returning to his top form.

12/1

4th

2

(3)

21st Apr 2024

Heavy

0m 7f 0y

16:00 Curragh

Big Gossey

9st 9lb

J: W J Lee

T: Charles O’Brien

Ground-versatile sprinter landed valuable 6f Bold Lad Handicap for the second time at this venue last September; also a 7f course winner (last November, beating Yosemite Valley); has run in 11 stakes races without managing to win one, but second on three occasions; struggled at Leopardstown recently on a rare attempt at 1m.

6/1

Form: 41122/

Last run: 622 days

W: 9st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Stepped up from handicap wins and Listed second to produce a career-best in chasing home Highfield Princess in Group 1 Flying Five here in September 2022 but hasn't been seen since; ground to suit but long absence a concern.

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2

(10)

21st Oct 2022

Standard

0m 5f 0y

19:30 Dundalk (AW)

Erosandpsyche

10st 0lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

Stepped up from handicap wins and Listed second at Tipperary to produce a career-best in chasing home the brilliant Highfield Princess in the Group 1 Flying Five at the Curragh; promoted 7lb to 110 as a consequence and has a big chance if running to that figure now; was an immature sort when running without distinction here early in his career.

7/2

2nd

3

(15)

11th Sep 2022

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

14:25 Curragh

Erosandpsyche

9st 6lb

J: W J Lee

T: P Twomey

in touch with leaders up the centre, pushed along and went fourth over 1f out, ridden and ran on well inside final furlong, went second inside final 110yds, no match for winner

33/1

Form: 881-47 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 5lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Smart sprinter for Roger Varian, five wins included Group 3 at Newbury and last year in Chester Listed; not too far off his best in two runs this term for current yard at Newmarket, finishing well after slow starts each time; not one to rule out.

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7th

3

(6)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:55 Newmarket

Mitbaahy

9st 9lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

High class at 5f on his day for Roger Varian and looked destined for bigger things when he sped past his rivals in a Sandown Listed race (good) in 2022; that didn't quite happen but he ended last season with a Chester win on soft and there was plenty to like about his reappearance in a Group 3 here (6f, good) for new yard 16 days ago; strong claims back at 5f.

5/2

4th

5

(9)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Mitbaahy

9st 9lb

J: Jamie Spencer

T: Charles Hills

Record of 5-17 for Roger Varian, winning Listed contest at sharp Chester (6f, soft) on last appearance; all previous wins at 5f and he still has something to prove over this trip on stiff/galloping tracks.

16/1

Form: 23-302 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Beaten a neck by Regional in Group 1 Betfair Sprint Cup last September before equally good third in Prix de la Foret at 7f; slightly better form on latest start this term when beaten nose in Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes; ground to suit and has to enter calculations.

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10th

9

(2)

18th Apr 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Shouldvebeenaring

9st 9lb

J: Sean Levey

T: Richard Hannon

Acts on good to firm and good to soft; tough colt who scored in Listed grade here last May and ended his 2023 campaign with placed efforts at Group 1 level over 6f/7f in Britain/France; major contender with AW reappearance under his belt.

9/2

Form: 6300-4 C

Last run: 6 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Progressive handicapper in 2022, notably when winning Rockingham Handicap here; third in this race last year but well held afterwards at Group level; recent Navan comeback run okay but surprising if she made an impact here.

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11th

7

(1)

27th Oct 2023

Standard

0m 5f 0y

19:00 Dundalk (AW)

Ano Syra

9st 11lb

J: Ben Coen

T: John James Feane

dwelt start, towards rear

14/1

Form: 100-54 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Won a Group 3 over 7f on soft at Goodwood last August for Dominic Ffrench; hasn't reproduced that form since however, including both starts here for current yard this term; drops in trip today and could struggle on quicker ground.

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4th

1

(9)

6th May 2024

Soft

0m 7f 0y

15:35 Curragh

Magical Sunset

9st 12lb

J: David Egan

T: Adrian Murray

prominent, led after 1f, headed over 1f out, weakened final 110yds

13/2

5th

2

(10)

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

15:40 Curragh

Magical Sunset

10st 0lb

J: David Egan

T: Adrian Murray

Handles testing ground well and won a Group 3 over 7f on soft at Goodwood last August; yet to prosper over this trip and well beaten final two starts last term but respected all the same on stable debut.

11/2

Form: 9211-5 CD

Last run: 91 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Smart 2yo who took a while to progress as a 3yo, but ended 2023 on a high, winning a 7f Group 3 at Doncaster and Group 2 Challenge Stakes (both 7f); below best but not disgraced from bad draw in Group 2 at Riyadh in February when last seen; drop in trip and quicker ground unlikely to play to her strengths here.

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1st

6

(6)

13th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Newmarket

Matilda Picotte

9st 0lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Kieran P Cotter

Front-running Irish filly who has plenty of useful form, including third in this year's 1,000 Guineas; made all in the Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster (7f, good to soft) most recently; not sure to get an easy lead but has a fighting chance at the weights.

3/1

1st

10

(5)

17th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 1

15:35 Doncaster

Matilda Picotte

9st 1lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Kieran P Cotter

Below par on good to firm, acts on any other ground; front-running Irish filly who has plenty of useful form, including on British soil, such as third in this year's 1,000 Guineas; close second in Group 3 at Tipperary (7.5f) most recently, headed only close home; bright chance granted an uncontested lead and perfect fractions.

8/1

Form: 4140-2 C BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Smart sort won Group 3 at Naas last year but well held twice afterwards on softer ground; encouraging seasonal return when 2l second to Moss Tucker in Naas Listed over 5f; more expected back at 6f here but has a bit to do.

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2nd

8

(7)

29th Apr 2024

Yielding

0m 5f 0y

18:20 Naas

Ocean Quest

9st 7lb

J: Shane Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

in touch with leaders, switched right from 2f out, headway when ridden from over 1f out, went second inside final 110yds, no match for winner

3/1

Form: 1014-1 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Progressive handicapper last season and began this campaign with a career-best in winning Newmarket Listed early this month on good ground over this trip; could well have more to offer but takes on a different level of opponent here.

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1st

7

(7)

4th May 2024

Good

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

13:10 Newmarket

Unequal Love

9st 8lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Best effort when winning handicap at Pontefract (6f, good to soft) last September, and ran respectably when fourth to Funny Story in C&D Listed event the following month; went off a shorter price than the winner that day and now meets her on 3lb better terms; definite claims for a stable that has won two of the last five runnings of this race.

9/2

4th

12

(11)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 6f 0y

Class 1

17:00 Newmarket

Unequal Love

9st 2lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: William Haggas

Improving sprinter who kept on well to win a strongly run Pontefract handicap (6f, good to soft) three weeks ago, her fourth win from six starts; still looked to be learning on the job on that occasion and she has the measure of runner-up Minnetonka on these 6lb better terms; obvious chance.

4/1

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Non-runners

Easy

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Regional

TOPSPEED:

Art Power

RP RATINGS (IRE):

Shouldvebeenaring

The Irish Sun:

Regional

POSTDATA:

Art Power