The Curragh Preview : Sunday 23rd May 2021

A big two days of racing are coming up at The Curragh

Alan Marron is back to preview day two of Guineas weekend from The Curragh.

What a day we had on Saturday with 3️⃣ winners. Pinar Del Rio (2/1), Castle Star (5/2) and Epona Plays (9/2) all came home in front to keep the followers in clover ahead of Sundays card. Check out my selections below ; 

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Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore team up with HEART TO HEART who is very well bred and cost 580k as a yearling.

She is a half sister to Commonwealth Cup winner Golden Horde and could be a very smart filly here for the Ballydoyle team.

The ground conditions first time out may be somewhat of an unknown but having links to Pivotal in her breeding suggests to me that she might enjoy some juice underfoot.

I think this filly could get a little further in time but should be very hard to beat first time out.


The horse that interests me the most here is the Aidan O’Brien trained supposed second string that is due to be ridden by Wayne Lordan, ARTURO TOSCANINI.

This colt went into my notebook after landing a heavy ground maiden back in November at this course and ran poorly when last seen at Newmarket when it looked like something was amiss.

The 3rd, 4th, 7th and 10th horses from his maiden victory have come out and won since so that puts the form in a solid light.

I would suggest a small each way play here as he has to improve off the back of the Newmarket run.

It wouldn’t surprise me if he was in contention close home at a decent price.


It looks like it will be a quick treble on the card for the master of Ballydoyle as himself and Ryan Moore team up with BROOME who has gone from strength to strength this season.

He is unbeaten in three starts this season and really impressed me last time out staying on strongly to get the better of Helvic Dream who will be in opposition again here.

The conditions and the track will certainly be in the favour of Broome and it he has improved again it will take a mighty performance from one of the opposition to get passed him.

I think he looks to type to be only growing into his frame now and really starting to progress.

Will take the world of beating here.


Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan make the trip across the water with FEV ROVER and I think she might upset some of the home fancies.

She was a very smart two year old and gave Dandalla who is in the same ownership of Nick Bradley Racing quite a fright on soft ground in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.

She really improved from that run by winning in Deauville and then finishing fourth in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp where I thought she was very unlucky.

She ran a race full of promise first time out this season when she finished third behind Mother Earth in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket where she was quite keen in the run.

I think the softer ground will really suit her and she will be very hard to keep out of the frame.


Chris Hayes and Kevin Prendergast team up here with ALGHAZZAL and anyone who followed my Dundalk previews would know that I mentioned this horse as one to keep on the right side of.

He won nicely at Dundalk on his penultimate start and then finished second to a very progressive winner in Thunder Kiss last time out.

There is one piece of form that really stands out for me and that is when Alghazzal was second to Sage Advice in Cork and had Simply A Breeze back in third.

He gave Simply A Breeze a pound on that occasion and was three lengths ahead of her. This time around Alghazzal will be getting 16lb and has race fitness on his side. It is interesting that money has arrived for her in the early markets but I think Alghazzal will give us a good run at a decent price.

Will be very hard to keep out of the frame with luck in running.


LAFAYETTE impressed in the Irish Lincolnshire and if he improves off the back of that run looks one of the main contenders for Colin Keane and Noel Meade.

This gelding travels well in his races and with the ground in his favour I think he is one to keep a close eye on. The handicapper has put him up 6lb for his recent victory and that could be quite lenient if he has progressed again.

He had a number of the opposition who he will face this time around in behind him in the Irish Lincolnshire and I really see him confirming the form.

I think he will be very hard to beat.


Jim Bolger fresh from 2000 Guineas success on Saturday could get another winner on the board here with PARISH DELIGHT.

This horse caught my eye on debut at Killarney when staying on from what looked an unpromising position under an educational ride from Daniel Redmond.

With Kevin Manning taking over and improvement likely I think we could see a much better performance. He is related to a couple of 1m 2f and 1m 4f winners so the step up in trip looks to be ideal and of those with race experience he could improve the most.

He looks quite uncomplicated and has nice draw in stall two.

Should be tough to keep out of the frame.


I have been waiting on BRAZOS to revert back to the flat having had a productive winter over hurdles and we will get that this time around.

With a nice light weight on his back and the ability to handle softer ground I think he should go very close here with Dylan Browne Mc Monagle taking 7lb off his back.

He was successful over hurdles on the 29th January and I am hopeful for a big run for his return to the level.

This horse finished fourth behind Cape Gentleman in the Cesarewitch and a reproduction of that form would make him interesting in the get out stakes on the card.

He looks solid each way value to me and should be hard to keep out of the frame.

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