5.25 Curragh – ZANDER (nb)
The selection is a son of Oasis Dream who is the second foal of a Group 3-placed 7-10f winner (including at Listed level) who was a full sister to 1m 3yo debut winners Everlasting Fame and Photo Opportunity and a half sister to Group 1-placed prolific 6-10f winner (including at Group 2/3 level)/French Derby second Famous Name, smart 7-7.5f winner (including twice at Group 3 level) Big Break, US 12f Grade 3 winner Renown and 10f 3yo Listed winner Discipline out of a 7f 2yo debut winner. This colt is trained by Ger Lyons and can hardly fail to catch the eye on pedigree, the second foal of the smart Zaminast, herself a debut scorer over 7f at two and a sister to a pair of three-year-old debut winners and a half sister to a handful of good winners, most notably the prolific Group 2/3 winner Famous Name. It is a family with an excellent record first time out, and he’s bred on the same cross as this yard’s 2017 2yo debut/Listed winner Gobi Desert; his handler is more than capable of readying one to strike at the first time of asking and a winning start for this well-related son of Oasis Dream would come as little surprise.
6.35 Curragh – ASTROSPEED (nap)
The selection, trained by Fozzy Stack, is a son of Choisir who debuted in a 5f maiden at Dundalk little more than a month ago (13/2 chance), half rearing as the stalls opened and slowly into stride, in rear but travelling comfortably to the top of the straight, shaken up and making progress over a furlong out but his effort rather petering out and eventually having to settle for fifth behind Tammy Wynette (beaten 5¾ lengths). This colt left the firm impression that he’d prove capable of much better in due course, immediately on the back foot after fluffing the start but travelling better than most through the mid-part of the race, finding the task of getting on terms with the principals simply too much. He is entitled to improve in all aspects for that first run, the initial experience gained hopefully enabling him to break on terms this time around, while the switch to turf/a stiffer track should also aid his cause (ought to stay a further than this in time). It also looks a winnable enough race, as per most three-year-old plus sprint maidens; all in all, it’d be rather disappointing if this son of Choisir wasn’t a lot more competitive now.