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Pleascach to bounce back

Take a chance on Pleascach to return to the winners’ enclosure in today’s feature event at the Curragh, The Pretty Polly Stakes.


Second at Royal Ascot only ten days ago, Jim Bolger’s filly is turned out quickly in an attempt to capture her second Group 1 of the season.


She was sent of a well-backed favourite in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot only to find the improving, Curvy too good on the day.


Stepping back in trip to a mile and two furlongs today, the trip that she was an impressive winner at Naas in the Blue Wind, you can expect a bolder showing from Kevin Manning’s mount.


She is a 1,000 Guineas winner at the track, she has plenty of class and I think she is the one to side with in what is a competitive renewal of The Pretty Polly.


Epsom Oaks second Legatissimo also steps back in trip today and should be more suited by it. She appeared to be outstayed by Qualify at Epsom and you can expect another brave effort from David Wachman’ filly.


Diamondandrubies would have been placed behind Qualify and Legatissimo in that race if it weren’t for getting badly interfered with in the closing stages and she has to have a big chance as well.


And don’t forget the four-year-old Brooch who keeps improving with every run. Dermot Weld holds her in high regard and this race has been the target since her Guineas weekend win at the track.


A horse that everyone is looking forward to seeing today is, Forgotten Rules, as he lines up in the Attheraces Curragh Cup over a mile and six furlongs.


There are still question marks this morning over his participation in the race but with some rain hitting the track overnight hopefully it will encourage Dermot Weld to let his high-class stayer take his chance.


If taking his chance he should prove very hard to beat. He travelled with his usual usual ease in the Ascot Gold Cup before the ground and the marathon trip appeared to catch him out.


He has Panama Hat and Dark Crusader held on form from the Vintage Crop at Navan, over today’s trip, a race he produced the goods to get the better of, Answered.


The danger could turn out to be one of Aidan O’Brien’s duo, Order of St George or Bondi Beach.


Roheryn has plenty to find in the Group 3 International Stakes so it looks a match between, Air Pilot and Parish Hall. I’ll side tentatively with the latter who loves it at the Curragh and can go one better than his narrow defeat to Postulation over course and distance last time, when travelling like a winner for most parts of the race.


Great Page should take plenty of beating in the Grangecon Stud Fillies Stakes for Sean Levey and Richard Hannon.


A winner at Naas last time her form has been boosted since with stable mate, Illuminate winning at Royal Ascot. She can account for her six rivals today, the biggest threat coming from Most Beautiful.


As with yesterday the card begins with a two-year-old maiden and it looks a very competitive one on paper. Shogun, Zig Zag and Sanus PerAquam look the ones to concentrate on and the well-bred Zoffany colt, Zig Zag could be the value in the race.


Three handicaps complete the eight race card. Cenotaph steps back in trip to seven furlongs in the Sunday Independent Handicap and he looks very well handicap and should win a race of this nature.


The five-furlong handicap has attracted a field of twenty-four. Willie McCreery saddled Colour Blue to win yesterday and he has each way claims with Ostatnia in this sprint contest under Leigh Roche.


And the concluding mile and two furlong handicap can go to Chris Hayes’ mount, Witty Repartee who was most recently a winner of the Ulster Oaks at Down Royal.


Best Bets:


3.20 – Cenotaph 13/8 Nap

3.55 – Great Page 2/1

4.30 – Pleascach 13/2 ew


Conor O’Hehir

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