O’Callaghan Can Continue Hot Summer At The Curragh
The second day of Irish Oaks weekend and the return of racing to Sligo take centre stage on Sunday and hopefully we can find a winner at each meeting.
O’Callaghan Can Continue Good Summer
The Plustival Speed Gene Nursery at the Curragh sees the highly rated Golden Spell look to defy the burden of top weight following her Bellewstown maiden success. But with a rating of 87 and giving 10lbs and upwards away to all her rivals that could be just too big an ask on this occasion.
It is another filly that is given the nod and that is the maiden Summerseat Mist for Michael O’Callaghan and Pat Smullen.
The daughter of Dandy Man is the most experienced in the field along with the outsider Sandbanks Road, with five runs under her belt, but four of them were placed efforts and this might prove a good opportunity for her to open her account.
The run of the selection behind Mamba Noire in Cork was undoubtedly her best and although she was well behind India Rain on a day when Golden Spell was three-lengths in front of her, there’s a swing in the weights for that and the 4lbs may make all the difference.
Ryan Finds Ideal Opportunity For Bridge
John Ryan’s Kilcarry Bridge has been keeping much better company over fences of late than he will meet in the Kilcawley Construction Opportunity Handicap Hurdle on Sunday and the 10-year-old is hard to oppose on this return to hurdles.
Kilcarry Bridge was a winner off 129 at Ballinrobe last time and the handicapper judges him to be a rating of 133 over fences now…
…which leaves him with 17lbs in hand if he can convert that level to hurdles.
Ignoring his latest hurdle run back in February, prior to that he was fifth, not beaten far, behind Oscar Sam and that form is more than good enough in a modest contest such as this.
Summerseat Mist (7/1) – 2.35 Curragh
Kilcarry Bridge (2/1) – 4.35 Sligo
*Prices correct at time of publication.