Derby weekend 2 year old races preview


5:00 pm Cunningham’s Of Kildare Irish European Breeders Fund Maiden


This is a 2-year-old only maiden race over 6 furlongs (approximately 1200 meters) on a good turf track with 14 runners.

Leading contenders:


* **East Hampton (3/1):** Promising type who finished close to the leaders on debut over this course and distance. Was held up came with a great finish Likely to improve with experience and could be the horse to beat.

* **Snapdragon (5/1):** Well-bred colt with good connections (Aiden O’Brien and Ryan Moore) who showed promise on debut at Naas. Should be fitter and could be a major contender with blinkers applied for the first time.

* **Grand Dante (11/2):** Open to progress after a promising debut finish at Fairyhouse. Could be a factor if he has improved from his first run.


**Other horses to consider:**


* **Mount Parnassus (13/2):** Consistent colt with a runner-up finish at this course recently. Can’t be ruled out.

* **Ides Of March (11/1):** Well-bred newcomer from the powerful Ballydoyle yard. One to watch closely on debut.

* **Beckman (16/1):** Interesting pedigree with decent half-siblings. Could surprise at a price.


17:30. Kildare House Hotel Irish European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden 

Leading Contenders:

  • Lake Victoria (5/2): Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, this Frankel filly boasts an impressive pedigree. Her close relatives include useful winners, suggesting significant potential. She’s a clear favorite on paper.
  • Dahlia Noir (5/2): Trained by Donnacha O’Brien, this filly displayed promise with a runner-up finish on debut at Leopardstown , she came from the back of the field with a strong finish . If she progresses from that performance, she’s is the one to beat  c
  • And So To Bed (7/1): Another Ballydoyle runner with a respectable effort in her first race. Given the stable’s strong record, she’s an each-way option with leading jockey Declan McMonagle in the saddle.
  • Red Letter (13/2): This Frankel filly from Joseph O’Brien’s yard boasts a strong pedigree and connections. While she’s a newcomer, her breeding suggests she shouldn’t be overlooked.

Other Horses to Consider:

  • Exactly (6/1): This Ballydoyle newcomer has a strong pedigree and could be a factor. However, being a debutante adds an element of uncertainty.
  • Valencia (10/1): Trained by Joseph O’Brien, this well-bred filly is another newcomer to watch closely.
  • Murkala (11/1): This Too Darn Hot filly has a half-sister who performs well over longer distances. While a slight outsider, she could be an each-way option in an open race.


13:15 Deep Dive into the Barronstown Stud Irish European Breeders Fund (C & G) Maiden

This race features 2-year-old colts only, competing over a 7-furlong distance on good turf with a field of 15 runners. Here’s a breakdown of key factors to consider:

Leading Contenders:

  • Rock Of Cashel : Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, this colt boasts a strong pedigree with a half-sibling who is a very smart winner. He commands respect based on connections and breeding.
  • Bernard Shaw : Another Ballydoyle runner with John Velazquez in the saddle. This Into Mischief colt has a strong dam line and could be a major player. His price might be worth considering.
  • Hazdann  While a newcomer, this colt showed promise with a closing effort in his debut. With the benefit of experience over rivals, he could be a factor at a decent price.

Other Horses to Watch:

  • Trinity College : This Dubawi colt from Aidan O’Brien’s yard has a good pedigree and could be a threat with Wayne Lordan aboard.
  • Currawood : Another newcomer from a stable known for readying young horses, this colt by Acclamation is worth monitoring in the betting.
  • Daler : This Dark Angel colt has a strong dam line and could be a contender at a price.

14:20 Airlie Stud Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2): 

The Airlie Stud Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2) at Curragh promises a thrilling showdown between ten talented two-year-old fillies

Leading Contenders:

California Dreamer (drawn 2): Trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by David Egan, California Dreamer boasts the highest Timeform rating (OR: 94) in the field. Despite a fifth-place finish at Royal Ascot’s Albany Stakes, Timeform suggests a stronger underlying performance. This filly sets the bar for the competition.

Easy Mover (drawn 3):** Trained by Aidan O’Brien and piloted by Donnacha McDonogh, Easy Mover boasts an immaculate record with two wins from two starts. Her narrow victory in her latest outing suggests room for improvement.

* **Fiery Lucy (drawn 4):** Trained by Ger Lyons and ridden by Gary Carroll, Fiery Lucy is another undefeated filly with a dominant debut win. Her potential for further progress makes her a serious threat.

Dark Horse Potential:

* **Barnavara (drawn 1):** Trained by Jessica Harrington and ridden by Shane Foley, Barnavara brings course and distance experience with a win at Curragh. While her latest effort wasn’t a victory, her experience shouldn’t be underestimated.

* **January (drawn 10):** Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Wayne Lordan, January displayed promise with a close second in her debut followed by a maiden victory. Her connections and recent form warrant close attention.

* **Experience:** Several fillies (California Dreamer, Cradle Of Love) competed recently at Royal Ascot. This experience could prove advantageous.

**Betting Insights:**

This race is likely to be a close contest. California Dreamer is the logical favorite based on Timeform rating, but Easy Mover and Fiery Lucy are compelling contenders with room for growth. For an each-way wager, consider Barnavara or January, who possess course and distance experience or strong connections, respectively.


13:40 GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2) Preview: A Battle of Champions

The GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2) at Curragh promises an enthralling clash between Europe’s top two-year-old colts. Here’s a breakdown of the key contenders and factors to consider:

Leading Contenders:

  • Arizona Blaze (drawn 4): Trained by Adrian Murray and ridden by David Egan, Arizona Blaze arrives in top form. He’s fresh off a dominant victory at Ascot and boasts a consistent record with three wins from four starts. He’s the clear favorite based on recent performance.
  • The Parthenon (drawn 7): Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Wayne Lordan, The Parthenon brings an impressive winning streak to the table. His comfortable Gowran victory showcased his staying power over 7 furlongs. However, facing a stiff challenge at 6 furlongs is a question mark.
  • The Strikin Viking (drawn 6): Trained by Kevin Ryan and ridden by Tom Eaves, The Strikin Viking boasts an unbeaten record with two dominant wins. His ability to handle good to soft ground could be an advantage.

Other Horses to Watch:

  • Tunbridge Wells (drawn 2): Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, this colt possesses a high Timeform rating (109) and an effortless debut win. However, his lack of recent outings is a concern.
  • Principality (drawn 1): Trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Sean Levey, this colt boasts two wins from three starts. While his Good to Soft form might be a question mark on good ground, he shouldn’t be discounted.


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