Five from the week…
RacingFM’s Conor O’Hehir has a look back at the week’s action and points out some of the performances that caught the eye in defeat.
Jim Bolger’s five year old made only his fifth racecourse start in Sunday’s Alleged Stakes at the Curragh. Off the track since the 2013 French Derby, the Teofilo colt made a very encouraging return to action, beaten only two lengths into second behind stable mate, Parish Hall. He was a Group One winner as a juvenile and with only five runs under his belt and the possibility of further improvement to come, he is one to follow in some of the staying Group contests this season.
Time To Inspire
Dermot Weld’s, Time To Inspire had a hefty reputation to live up to when making his debut at the Curragh on Sunday. A brother to the classy, Forgotten Rules, all eyes were watching as he began his career in a mile and two furlong maiden. Friendless in the market, Pat Smullen’s mount led for a long way before finding, Sandro Botticelli too good in the closing stages. On Sunday’s evidence and breeding, a step up in trip to a mile and a half should be ideal for the Galileo colt and he could have a big future ahead.
Kevin Prendergast’s, Natural Woman has had two runs already this season and on the evidence of those two efforts she should be capable of winning a maiden in the coming weeks. Beaten by arguably two of the best fillies we have seen so far this season (Shahzeena at Cork and Fluff at Navan) the Excellent Art colt has lost nothing in defeat. Her first run of the season at Cork showed plenty of promise and she improved again at Navan on Saturday to chase home a potential classic filly of Aidan O’Briens. She may not be a Group horse but she is undoubtedly capable of winning an above average maiden.
The mile maiden at Leopardstown on Wednesday produced a thrilling finish that saw 87 rated, Sacrificial get the better of Father Christmas and Gulf Of Poets. The eye catcher in behind, however, was the Sheila Lavery trained, Angel Bay who chased the leading trio home in fourth only two lengths adrift of the winner. The Bahamian Bounty filly was slow into stride under Ronan Whelan before gaining significant ground inside the final two furlongs to finish on the heels of the leaders suggesting a similar contest should be very winnable in due course.
Ard San Aer
Jim Bolger saddled the first and second home in the opening two-year old maiden at the Curragh on Sunday and while winner Mimicking looked very smart the second placed Ard San Aer could also prove to be an above average juvenile. The Acclamation colt led for four furlongs before making way for his stable mate who went on to win by a length and three quarters. It was a remarkable weekend for Bolger and I believe his Ard San Aer will be well capable of winning a maiden and maybe more.
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