Angus McNae believes a British raider will win the Flying Five and that Willie Mullins will be toasting a St Leger success. Watch how the action at The Curragh unfolds live on Racing TV.
2.00 Curragh: Treacherous
This gelding has made giant strides on the turf of late and can take another step forward here.
He has won his past two starts and his latest success in a fast time suggests that he is still well treated off a mark of 91.
At Goodwood last time out he travelled strongly, always looking like the winner and he duly put away a decent field with ease.
He has a sharp turn of foot and is well served by a strong gallop, which he looks sure to get here in this big field. This is clearly a very competitive handicap with a host of horses with feasible chances, but I am happy to have a small play on Treacherous at about 12-1. That’s generous given the rich vein of form he is.
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3.10 Curragh: Glass Slippers
I like the chances of this classy sprinter. She shaped like the second-best horse in the race when fifth to Battaash in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot, where she easily beat those that she raced with, but was simply in the wrong group.
She then went on to finish an excellent second to Battaash at Goodwood, where her weak finishing effort can be put down to the fact that she chased the brilliant winner throughout. If she had been ridden with a little more restraint she would have beaten the third home (Ornate) with more authority.
Essentially, she is a rapidly improving sprinter who has already won a Group 1 with success in the Abbaye at Longchamp last season and everything she has done this year suggests she retains all of her ability. Make A Challenge leads the home team and will be tough to beat, but in Glass Slippers we have a filly who is threatening to return to her best form and that will be good enough to win this. Her price of 9-2 is very fair.
4.10 Curragh: Master Of The Seas
Charlie Appleby told Nick Luck more about Master Of The Seas after his latest Newmarket win
Charlie Appleby has landed the past two National Stakes with Quorto and Pinatubo and he can make it a hat-trick with the very promising Master Of The Seas.
This colt is unbeaten in two starts and was impressive when winning the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket in a fast time. The manner of his win there suggested that there is plenty more to come from him and he more than deserves his place in this Group One.
He has a top class pedigree, being by Dubawi out of the classy Danehill mare Firth of Lorne. He reminds me of Pinatubo as a two year old in that he travels very strongly and has a fine turn of foot. There is stern opposition in the form of the classy Battleground and a number of others who are open to improvement, but this horse possesses more potential than any of them.
4.40 Curragh: Micro Manage
This lightly raced horse can cause an upset and win the Irish St Leger for Willie Mullins. He has clearly been difficult to train, with gaps between his races, but his fast-time facile win here at the Curragh last June signalled that he was a horse of immense potential.
We then did not see him for 14 months, before he reappeared in the trial for this race. In that contest he shaped well; travelling strongly in a steadily run affair and keeping on well to be third without being given a hard time.
That will have put him spot on for this challenge and it is significant that Mullins pitches him in here.
This is not a race that has a great deal of strength in depth and he is the one horse in the race with some latent potential. 8-1 is available with Sky Bet, which just looks to be too big and he can emulate Wicklow Brave, who landed this prize for Mullins in 2016.
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