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Horse Racing: Sunday 28th May – Aidenldrebin Selections


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.

About Author

Have been interested in horse racing since 2000, particularly the breeding side of things. Naturally, I enjoy picking apart maiden races given my love of pedigrees, but I am also at home with handicaps and Group races. Spotting potential early is very rewarding, as is picking up on a handicap project from an early stage, with my most satisfying success stories in recent years being Pere Blanc, More Of That, Turtle Watch and Arab Dawn.

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