Wednesday 23 March 2022

An Irish Sort Of Weekend (Early Decs Trackers And Previews)

All eyes will be on the first flat meeting of the season at Doncaster on Saturday but for me looking at the early decs in Ireland over the weekend I know where I would rather be. The first race at Curragh has a few potentially nice horses who could have decent careers ahead of them, I do say could because to be honest a big price tag or nice pedigree means nothing if a horse has a few issues. 

Curragh 13.25

All eyes will be on Kingman filly Finsceal Go Deo here for the trainer who took this race last year Jim Bolger. At this early stage Jim has three here but the nicely bred filly will start her career into the unknown. A 500,000 euro purchase she certainly should have some ability but as I said it's not a given even with a hefty price tag. Dam Finsceal Beo started her career over six furlongs and made a winning debut for Jim Bolger way back in 2006. Finsceal won the English and Irish 1000 guineas in an impressive career. The pick of her offspring was the Aidan O'Brien trained Ol' Man River who won his first two races both at one mile. The pedigree suggests further so I'm interested to see if she has a bit of speed about her. Interesting that Bolger had a couple in this race last year and the l second string won at 16s, he also runs 9000 euro purchase Machnamh in the same ownership and colours of last year's winner. Last of Bolgers trio is National Question, also owned by Mrs Bolger who is a half-brother to Loch Garman, a nice type who needed further. Amo Racing are certainly splashing the cash and in the early decs they run two here, first is New Bay colt Forceful Speed a 260,000 gns purchase and next is Crispy Cat whose price tag certainly rose from a 7500 gns foal to a £105,000 yearling. 

First season sire Sioux Nation is represented by Jessica Harrington's runner Ocean Quest. Last but not least I will mention is the Ger Lyons trained Acclamation colt Midnight Toker who does bring a nice pedigree to the table here. Dam Big Boned was average to say the least for Ed Dunlop. It does make me think about pedigrees to be honest but Big Boned offspring include K Club trained by Richard Hannon who won on debut over five furlongs. Had a couple of wins on soft ground. Next is Back To Brussels who also won on debut over five furlongs on yielding. 

Conclusion: Too many unknown with debutantes and it's something I'm trying to stay clear of now as I'm trying to be sensible and more strict on my betting. If I had to bet it would be on Midnight Toker if I could get an each way price that is. 

I do have a few of my unraced 3yos to follow running over the weekend so a quick mention, as I write this it's only early decs so could well disappear. 

Curragh 14.31 

Aidan O'Brien filly Galleria Borghese is one of my unraced fillies to follow who could make her debut here. Dam On Ice was unraced so not much to go on, second dam Beltisaal produced a few nice types that Aidan trained including Kingsbarns. Another one of my 3yos to follow is the Aidan O'Brien trained Tuesday who is entered here and at 17.00 at Naas on Sunday. The Galileo filly is certainly tipped up by a few shrewd judges after an eye-catching performance at Curragh last June,comes from an excellent family including Minding, Empress Josephine and Kissed By Angels. 

Curragh 15.06 

The second division sees another few of my unraced 3yos to follow Ivy League make her debut. I could be like a deflated balloon after this weekend if these disappoint but to be fair I think it will be more a case of taking a watching brief here. Malex was formally trained by Ralph Beckett and moved stables for owners Amo Racing. Dam Trois Lunes won a Group 3 for trainer Francois Rohaut. Pesso and Wexford Native another couple of trackers worth watching on debut. 

Sunday Naas 17.00 

Tuesday, as I said, has an early entry here. Perotan could make her debut for Aidan O'Brien. The Churchill filly who comes from a nice family. A half-sister to Matterhorn who was a class act for Mark Johnston. Looking forward to the debut of Perotan. 

Thanks for reading.


  1. nice intro to the start of the season

  2. Thanks, great to hear nice feedback

  3. Great taster, Craig. Looking forward to this weekend's return of the flat turf!

  4. Thanks mate, let me know if you fancy anything yourself here or email )

  5. My pennies will be going on every aiden obrien horse

  6. No messing about hey, I'm always wary of his runners first time out tbh


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