Tuesday 31 January 2023

Five Irish 3yos to follow for 2023 (31st January)

I recently said I probably wouldn't back Irish horses as it's a puzzle in itself trying to work out when O'Briens are ready to win but I still have a few trackers from last season and as I'm twiddling my thumbs waiting for the new season I will twiddle my fingers instead and write a post.

All Time Great is the first for Aiden O'Brien, I mean with a name like that the 3yo filly has to be decent right?

Dam Curvy was decent for trainer David Watchman and came into her own as a 3yo winning five of her eight races before retiring in 2015. A Grade One in America was her final race and she didn't disappoint with the brilliant Ryan Moore doing what he does best. Arguably her other offspring haven't set the world alight, in fact both disappointing but I'm hopeful All Time Great can change that.

Ballsbridge for Aidan O'Brien again. Pretty sure was one of Aidan's best 2-year-olds last season and I hope the Lord Kanaloa colt doesn't make me look like a fool. Dam Happily finished her career with an official rating of 113 for Aidan and had a great 2yo season winning four of her seven races including the Group 1 Moyglare Stakes at Curragh in 2017. As I said highly regarded as a 2yo and has an early entry for the 2000 Guineas in May so I'm hopeful he can at least get a win on the board this season. Currently 40s for the 2000 Guineas and 66s for the Derby. 

Not Aidan this time but Paddy Twomey. Bella Angelo is a filly I'm excited to see hit the track after being unraced as a 2yo. The Harry Angel filly who is another who was well-thought of last season. Has a few siblings who have wins in the board including Ketil, a 103 rated horse. Not too much to go on as dam Matroshka was unraced but I'm trusting Paddy to come up with the goods. 

Canute for Aidan O'Brien made his debut last August at Curragh when finishing fourth. By Quality Road and out of Alice Springs. A half-brother to Aidan's Prettiest who has failed to progress from her early 2yo form.

Dam Alice Springs was a nice type being a multiple group winner. Canute wasn't given a hard time on debut like many O'Brien horses and coasted in fourth, another one well regarded last season and should have more to come for the season ahead.

Last but certainly not least is the Aidan O'Brien trained Milwaukee. Dam Moth only raced six times for Aidan winning her maiden nicely and going onto finish third in the 1000 Guineas when beaten 2 lengths by Sky Lantern and then fourth in the Oaks. I'm pretty sure Milwaukee will also be a nice type and run a few big races this season after an encouraging debut at Curragh back in October last year. The Justify colt was sent off 16/5 that day and was a bit awkward with his head, despite that he did well to finish fourth but couldn't reach the leaders, needs to have settled down to make an impact but was highly regarded last season by Aidan. Currently 50s for the 2000 Guineas and 50s for the Derby. 

Thanks for reading and good luck.

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