Harrington equalled her new personal best mark for winners recorded in the
Irish Flat season when One Voice and Free Solo gave her a first-and-second-race
double at Leopardstown yesterday. That brought her to 43 and given that we have
yet to see the back of July, it is a stunning effort, bettered only by Aidan
O’Brien and his son Joseph.
comes about as a result of a good team effort but also a policy decision by
Harrington and co to redouble their efforts on the level after the successes of
last season, where as well as hitting what was then a PB, they secured their
first classic and Royal Ascot successes thanks to the brilliant Alpha Centauri.
string has increased in terms of numbers and quality and the brains trust
responsible for buying have held their end up.
is noticeable in that the Harrington juveniles are operating at an astonishing
25 per cent strike rate. That figure is higher again if confined to fillies,
which maybe should come as no surprise given the strong female influence at
Commonstown, where Harrington’s daughters Emma and Kate are her right and left
Foley is another significant factor, having flourshed since becoming No 1
jockey to put himself in third on the jockeys’ table with 49 winners, while Tom
Madden is an excellent deputy, and currently on 10.
Harrington’s two-year-old record, Bellewstown maiden victor Millisle is worth
noting in the Magners Welcome To Ciderland Race (5.30) at Down Royal today.
Recall The Show must also be respected, though she has to improve from a debut
fifth in Roscommon to take the spoils in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden
Foley is on duty on that pair, Madden gets the leg up at Gowran Park tomorrow
due to Foley travelling to Ascot to ride the Harrington-trained Naas maiden
victor Punita Arora in the two-year-old fillies’ Group 3 Princess Margaret
Keeneland Stakes (1.50). We can expect a strong show.
could well have a very strong chance in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction
Fillies’ Maiden (12.55) with another potentially exciting debutante in the form
of Science Please, who is a daughter of Gleneagles and a half-sister of Group 1
winner Gallante. The £27,000 paid for her could well prove a bargain.
interesting for Oxx
has been a trying few years for legendary trainer John Oxx as numbers and
quality dwindled but the man responsible for Sea The Stars, Sinndar, Alamshar
and many more has always been a worker who was blessed with patience.
might have been tested early on is term, when all eyes were on Currabeg after
Patrick Prendergast’s decision to assimilate with his neighbour. The injury to
Skitter Scatter in the Newmarket 1000 Guineas was an early blow but there has
been more cause for positivity in recent months with six winners recorded.
Given that the first of those didn’t arrive until Highland Dress claimed a
maiden in good style at Cork on May 22, and in total, Oxx has had just 88
runners, he cannot be too unhappy.
has a very strong representation at Down Royal this evening with five runners.
Dromana may well be his best chance of a winner under Adam Farragher in the
Magners Rose Apprentice Handicap (8.05), while She’s My Dream, who’s the mount
of in-form Andrew Slattery in the Magners Dark Fruit Handicap (6.05) should be
competitive but the most interesting representative is Giuseppe Garibaldi in
the Listed Her Majesty’s Plate (7.35).
O’Donoghue gets the leg up on the four-year-old, who is having his first run
since joining Oxx after a spell in Doha conditioned by Ahmed Kobeissi that
yielded no wins, though he was second twice before failing to land a blow in
his final race in April.
Garibaldi began life at Ballydoyle and the son of Galileo was very consistent.
After his debut run, when he finished seventh in an October 2017 maiden at
Gowran Park on heavy ground, he was never again out of the first three in his
next 10 runs.
run included two victories, a listed event among them. Subsequent to that, he
was placed in two Group 2s and three Group 3s.
last run in Ireland came when a close runner-up to Rostropovich in a Group 3 at
Leopardstown on September 15, after which he was bought by Hassan Al Abdulmalik.
It is interesting now, that he is sent to Oxx and with good form over 1m 6f,
should give a good account for himself, albeit that he may be entitled to
improve for the run.
when he last ran on native shores, the horse directly behind him was The King
and Jessica Harrington’s charge is in opposition again tonight, which should
give us an indication as to whether Giuseppe retains his enthusiasm.