1.45 Curragh – KLUTE (nap)
The opening two-year-old maiden on the card is often a useful event – notable past winners including Roderic O’Connor, Gleneagles, Sanus Per Aquam, Alexios Komnenos and Gustav Klimt – and this year’s renewal brings together ten unraced youngsters, including a trio of typically well-related individuals from Ballydoyle.
The selection is a son of Kodiac who is a half brother to 6f 2yo debut winner Ribaat and 7f 2yo winner Musanid, out of a once-raced maiden half sister to Group 1-placed 6f-1m winner (including twice at Group 3 level) Layman and 1m 1f 3yo winner Hajar out of a 10f 3yo debut winning half sister to French 10.5f 3yo Group 3 winner Allurement and 10f 3yo winners Amellnaa and Blue Dress out of Irish Oaks winner Alydaress. This colt is trained by Jessica Harrington and fetched €120,000 as a yearling at auction, making plenty of appeal on pedigree as a half brother to a pair of two-year-old winners (including one on debut) and out of a half sister to the high-class juvenile Layman. It is a family that contains plenty of first-time-out scorers, and he looks the type to make an immediate impact over this sort of distance, by a prolific source of two-year-old winners. His stable also gets its fair share of winning newcomers, and an entry in the Phoenix Stakes next month indicates all has gone to plan on the practice grounds; bred to be sharper than one or two of his rivals, this son of Kodiac is taken to make a winning start to his career.
Aidan O’Brien sends out a trio of newcomers here, the first string appearing to be the Ryan Moore-ridden Mount Everest, a son of Galileo who is a full brother to Grade 2-placed French/US 8-10f winner (including at Grade 3/Listed level) Faufiler and Group 1-placed 1m 2yo winner Yucatan and a half brother to French 5f Group 2 winner Planet Five, out of a very smart 7f-1m winner (including three times at Group/Grade 1 level)/1000 Guineas runner-up who was out of a half sister to Miesque. This colt cannot fail to catch the eye on pedigree, his dam an excellent miler who has already produced three smart sorts, including connections’ 2017 Racing Post Trophy runner-up Yucatan. He is the choice of Ryan Moore and quite clearly commands the utmost respect given his paper credentials, though his siblings have tended to improve with racing and the yard’s youngsters also benefit for a run these days.
Stablemate Norway is a Galileo full brother to very smart 10-12.5f winner (including the Derby) Ruler Of The World and Group 1-placed 1m 2yo winner/Derby fourth Giovanni Canaletto and a half brother to top-class 7-12f winner (including five times at Group 1 level) Duke Of Marmalade, out of a Group 3/Listed-placed 1m 3yo winning half sister to 10f 3yo Listed winner/St Leger fourth Shuailaan, family of A.P. Indy, Lemon Drop Kid, Wolfhound etc. This colt boasts a fine pedigree, but, for all Danehill half brother Duke Of Marmalade proved capable of making an impact over this trip at two, his full brothers/close relations all excelled with time and distance. Interesting he has been selected to debut in this particular race, but more than likely he’ll improve for the experience/another furlong.
The third and final member of the Ballydoyle trio is Anthony Van Dyck, another son of Galileo who is a half brother to very smart New Zealand/Australian 4.5-7f winner (including at Group 1 level)/New Zealand 1000 Guineas second Bounding out of an Australian 5.5f 2yo Group 3 winner who was a full sister to high-class Australian 5-5.5f winner (including at Group 2/3 level) Kuroshio. This colt’s pedigree is a real blend of speed and stamina, the distaff side of his pedigree suggesting he should prove capable of making a significant impact in his first season, related to some high-class speedsters in the Southern Hemisphere. For all his stable’s youngsters improve for a run more often than not and Ryan Moore looks elsewhere, a prominent debut showing from this colt wouldn’t at all surprise.
Jim Bolger’s Guaranteed is a son of Teofilo who is a full brother to 9.5f 3yo winner Meagher’s Flag and a three-parts brother to fairly useful 9.5-12f winner New Direction (by New Approach), out of a maiden granddaughter of a four-time US 1m 1f Grade 1 winner who was herself a full sister to dual US Grade 1 winner Adjudicating and a half sister to US 1m 1f Grade 1 winner Time For A Change. This colt makes only some appeal on pedigree, both his siblings winners but nothing out of the ordinary, while you have to go back a fair way to find the pick of the family; top stable has started off several of its stars at this venue over the years, winning this particular contest back in 2015.
The Ger Lyons-trained Giga White is a son of Dark Angel who is a half brother to useful multiple 1m winner Express Himself, 5-6f winner Munshid, 1m 2yo winner Totheendoftheearth and once-raced 5f 2yo winner Its Alright, out of a 6f 3yo winner who was a half sister to Italian 1m 3yo Listed winner Senza Rate and very useful UK/UAE 7f-1m winner Furnace. This colt sold for 180,000gns as a yearling at auction, his pedigree perhaps lacking the sparkle of one or two of his rivals, but it is one that strongly suggests he will be capable of making an impact at this sort of distance in his first season. He represents the stable that supplied the winner of the opening maiden here on Saturday and, despite holding no big-race entries, a bold first showing from this colt would come as no surprise whatsoever.
Dermot Weld’s Zorabad is a son of Zoffany who is a half brother to Italian 11f 3yo winner Zerinndi out of a Group 3-placed 12f 3yo debut winner who was a half sister to 11f 3yo debut winner Zarwala and 12f 3yo debut winner Zarghari out of a Listed-placed French 1m 3yo winning half sister to smart French 7f-1m winner (including twice at Listed level), family of the brilliant racemare Zarkava. This colt makes a fair amount of appeal on pedigree, his dam a winner over middle distances and related to such types (including on debut), but there is some speed further back in the family while his sire should also be an influence in that regard. His veteran handler still gets the odd winning newcomer, and it will be interesting to see how his representative here goes in the betting beforehand.