Johnny Ward's Irish Angle: Trendsetter worth following at Kilbeggan

By Johnny Ward
Fri 7 Aug 2020

We are having something of a belated summer in Ireland and expect conditions to dry out at the four tracks that stage racing this weekend.

Punters are spoilt for choice across the two days, with a brilliant Kenneland Phoenix Stakes the highlight at the Curragh on Sunday.

Saturday selections:

2.30 Cork: Sloane Peterson

On the face of it, Petite Amie ran a blinder at Cork on her debut and must be feared but such results can be flattering. Preference is for this Kodiac filly, who herself made a really nice start when fifth at the Curragh. Her progressive brother, Frank Arthur, goes to the Curragh on Sunday. Fozzy Stack, her trainer, is having a fine season.

3.40 Cork: Southern Horse

This American-bred entire was smart in Argentina and also for Jim Bolger, notably second to the ill-fated Sceptical in June. Jessica Harrington may find the key to him but he is already bang there on this season’s form.

4.50 Cork: Chagall

A tricky race this but Chagall’s only win came over this course and distance, the only straight seven furlongs on turf in Ireland. He probably found the ground too soft last time and is a fascinating runner at a price under an excellent apprentice.

6.15 Kilbeggan: Trendsetter

A winner of five races, this nine-year-old would have found the distance wrong last time, and as such it was plenty encouraging, with him getting some experience of this track. A winner about this time last year, he is interesting at the likely odds.

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