Aidan O’Brien 30kb

Pronounced Means Business For O’Brien At Curragh

Even despite the absence of Agnes Stewart from the field, the feature Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes looks a very interesting renewal.

Weld To Strike Again
The combination of Dermot Weld, Pat Smullen and His Highness Aga Khan have certainly made their mark on Classic weekends on both sides of the Irish Sea this season and although they weren’t represented in yesterday’s Irish Oaks…

Tanaza can give them reason to celebrate here.

The filly ran in the Irish 1,000 Guineas on her seasonal debut and didn’t manage to step forward as much as might have been expected at Royal Ascot but that is no easy place to go. Bocca Baciata is an obvious choice following her fantastic effort behind Minding at a big price last time but Tanaza is worth another chance. Her two-year-old form was solid and overnight support that has seen her backed into 4/1 favourite is a sign that she must be doing things right at home.

Another For The O’Brien’s
Joseph O Brien managed to land yesterday’s maiden in which his father’s Taj Mahal was well fancied and with Pronounced, Joseph may well get the better of Aidan again in the Nursery.

Istan is the Ballydoyle representative who has been running in good company and makes a quick reappearance having finished fourth at Killarney…

but 11/2 chance Pronounced has also been running decent races in defeat

…and on nicer ground today with what looks a reasonable handicap rating of 76 he can keep the ground run of form going for both the trainer and jockey, Ana O’Brien.

Elliott Can Go One better
I’m certainly hoping that Gordon Elliott can win the last on the card with Rendezvous Peak…

but prior to that he saddles Skilled who should go one better.

The five year old has had two runs in amateur races of late and progressed nicely with each one and with a light weight and Wayne Lordan on board his form is solid enough to suggest he’ll be troubling the judge.

Recommended Bets
Pronounced (11/2) – 2.35 Curragh
Tanaza (7/2) – 4.15 Curragh
Skilled (9/2) – 4.50 Curragh

*Prices correct at time of publication.