George for Derrinstown Glory
Aidan O’Brien has won four of the last six running’s of the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes, and he can add Order Of St George to his illustrious list of winners of the Group Three contest.
The well bred Galileo colt didn’t quite fulfill his potential last term but he can do much better in his three year old season. His maiden win came at today’s venue on ground similar to what he will encounter today and he can make a winning return to action under Joseph O’Brien.
Aidan O’Brien has been in fine form in the classic trials of late, and although the original plan was to run John F Kennedy in this contest I think he has found an able deputy in Order Of St George.
Ken Condon’s Success Days ran away with the Ballysax at the track last month and is rated three pounds higher than O’Brien’s charge but I don’t expect him to get an easy lead like on that occasion.
With Cradle Mountain in the field expect him to be prominent and take on Shane Foley’s mount at the front end and possibly pave the way for Order Of St George to arrive late on the scene.
It might be worth siding with the Ballydoyle trainer in the other classic trial, the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas trial with maiden, Kissed By Angels.
She ran with lots of promise on her debut at Limerick, missing the break before staying on nicely to chase home the smart Back On Top. She doesn’t have group form like favourite, Stormfly, but she is a filly that could have a huge future and could book her Irish Guineas ticket with a win today.
The aforementioned, Stormfly, put her race fitness to use when landing the Guineas trial at the Foxrock venue last month but could be vulnerable to an improver. Stellar Glow, Letters Of Note and Devonshire also deserve respect, but Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo filly could prove hard to beat.
Elsewhere on the card, Ard San Aer looks the one to side with in the opening two year old contest for Kevin Manning and Jim Bolger. Second behind stable mate, Mimicking on debut at the Curragh, the Acclamation colt can put that experience to use and get off the mark at the second time of asking.
Bolger and Manning also have strong claims in the mile and a half handicap with hurdle winner, Theophilus, returning to the level. Last seen winning over timber at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting, the Teofilo colt can make a winning handicap debut in conditions that should play into his favour.
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