Sunday’s action: Chicquita set for Ballydoyle bow
The €6 million filly Chicquita is set for her long awaited debut for Aidan O’Brien in today’s Group 2 Moyglare “Jewels” Blandford Stakes at the Curragh. The sometimes quirky daughter of Montjeu has not been seen since taking last year’s Irish Oaks under Johnny Murtagh for French trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, but is finally ready to make her debut in the colours of Derrick Smith, John Magnier and Michael Tabor in the 1m 2f contest.
Chiquita would only muster four starts in her 3yo campaign, where she would go down to the impressive Treve in the French Oaks on her third and final appearance on French soil. Last July she made the trip to Ireland, where, despite once again hanging badly, had enough to see off her now stable mate Venus De Milo by 1/2 length.
She has her quirks, as stated but she is also blessed with a significant amount of class and if the master of Ballydoyle Aidan O’Brien has straightened her out and has her fully fit, she could very well start to pay back some of her hefty price tag. O’Brien is also represented by the two outsiders Shell House and Beyond Brilliance, with the latter being ridden by daughter Ana.
Chiquita’s main rival should prove to be Dermot Weld’s Tarfasha who found only fellow Hamdan Al Maktoum owned Taghrooda too good in the Epsom Oaks back in June, before running poorly in the Irish equivalent when sent off the 7/4 favourite. She probably would have preferred ground on the easier side, as she showed when taking a Group 3 on yielding to soft ground at Naas on her first start this season.
One who will not mind the quick going is British raider Mango Diva, who was an impressive winner of the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes at the track two starts ago. Sir Michael Stoute’s charge has since went on to run poorly in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood but if returning to top form, should be a main player.
Ger Lyons progressive Roheryn steps back in trip under yesterday’s St Leger winning jockey Andrea Atzeni, as she attempts to continue her rise through the ranks after winning her maiden by 8 lengths three starts ago. She has since been victorious in Listed company before finding the classy Eye Of The Storm too good in the Ballyroan Stakes last time.
Jim Bolger’s Cosmic Cannonball completes the seven runner field.
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Adrian Melia/PA Wire
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