Johnny Ward’s Irish Angle: Make hay with Bay at The Curragh

By Johnny Ward
Sun 26 Jul 2020

Our man in Dublin, Johnny Ward, suggests three to keep the right side of on Sunday. And below check out the latest edition of the On The Wire podcast, featuring an exclusive interview with dual Classic-winning jockey Colin Keane

2.20 Curragh: Palifico

Another smart filly trained by Jessica Harrington. She went down bravely over course and distance on her debut last month and it will take a very good performance from a newcomer, admittedly some with top pedigrees, to get the better of her.

3.30 Curragh: Future Proof

Going into Friday's fare, three of Ken Condon's last seven runners won, one of them a 66-1 scorer in a Group 2 at the Curragh, unfortunately denying our strong fancy, Lucky Vega.

Kasperenko has no easy task here but he travelled really nicely at Leopardstown and could be well-treated at this stage. Dropping back in distance seems fine but the ground is a concern, something his trainer admits too.

At the bottom of the weights, preference is for Future Proof. This Dream Ahead-bred finally got off the mark hurdling when last seen and the rain will be right up his street under Chris Hayes.

4.05 Curragh: Salt Whistle Bay

Salt Whistle Bay was drawn high at Naas but it was still hard to envisage how far back he would end up after getting hampered early on. Colin Keane looked after him thereafter, perhaps able to peek ahead of him to see stablemate Prisoner's Dilemma win, yet the winner was a bigger price. The stable is in sparkling form and he could be on a favourable mark.

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