1.50 Curragh – GUSTAV KLIMT (nb)
The selection is a son of Galileo who is a full brother to smart 6-7f 2yo winner (including at Group 3 level) Wonderfully, smart dual 6f 2yo winner (including at Listed level) Cuff and Group 1-placed 7f 2yo debut winner Mars and a half brother to Italian 1m 2yo Group 1 winner Nayarra, out of a Group 2/3-placed triple 6f winner (including at Listed level) who was a full sister to Group 3-placed 6-7f winner Kodiac and a half sister to several winners, notably very smart sprinter Invincible Spirit. This colt is trained by Aidan O’Brien and makes obvious appeal on pedigree, a couple of his full sisters smart at two and successful at this distance, something of a rarity for his top sire (most of his others to do so have also been bred on the same Galileo/Danehill cross). Given a trio of his siblings didn’t progress as expected after bright starts (two won on debut), this colt may well be readier/more clued up than most newcomers from this stable, and he debuts in a race his handler has won four of the past six renewals (including with Air Force Blue), whilst Churchill finished third 12 months ago; no surprise to see a prominent first showing from this son of Galileo here.
2.50 Curragh – RED LABEL (nap)
The selection, trained by Jessica Harrington, is a son of Dubawi who shaped well when third of 10 to Time Zone in a 7f maiden at Newmarket on debut last September (for Luca Cumani), confirming that initial promise in a 1m maiden at Leicester the following month, coming with a strong and sustained challenge to lead approaching the final furlong but forced to pull out plenty in order to see off X Rated by 1½ lengths. He made a winning start for his new stable in a four-runner 9.5f event at Gowran Park four weeks ago (4/1 chance), tracking the leading pair and travelling strongly throughout, going easily the best of the quartet two furlongs out and taking a narrow lead inside the final furlong, edging out Taj Mahal by a neck. The eventual winning margin that day doesn’t quite tell the full story, this colt far from all out to see off one that had a marked experience/fitness edge, and the ease with which he travelled throughout suggests there will be a lot more to come; no surprise to see this son of Dubawi prove equal to the task now upped in class.