Kiyoshi to shine in Moyglare
Ben Linfoot's horse-by-horse guide to Sunday's Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.
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The sponsors' are represented by Dermot Weld's once-raced Dansili filly Carla Bianca. The grey made a striking impression on debut when chasing home Aidan O'Brien's well-entered colt Australia. The Ballydoyle maestro will have a line on her through him, and you would think this might come too early for the filly on just her second start anyway.
Charlie Hills' raider stepped up on her Goodwood maiden win in a big way when landing the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot by three-and-a-quarter lengths on her third start. The form of that contest is working out incredibly well and one of the few doubts about her is the fact she hasn't raced since. Another furlong looks absolutely perfect for her at this stage in her career and she's the leading British-trained hopeful.
Well held by stablemates Tapestry and Wonderfully on her last two starts, both times over Sunday's trip of seven furlongs. Looks certain to appreciate plenty further next year and it's very hard to see her reversing form from her last two starts with her stablemates, both of whom look to have plenty more toe. One of the few pace angles.
High-class two-year-old who has held her form well all summer, the highlight being when running-on strongly to cut down her rivals in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot. Good efforts in defeat since, firstly in the Duchess of Cambridge behind Albany sixth Lucky Kristale (impressive in Lowther since) and particularly when a close-up third behind No Nay Never and Vorda in the Prix Morny. However, on a line through Lucky Kristale she has it all to do to beat a top-form Kiyoshi.
Beautifully-bred by Galileo out of Rumplestiltskin and the early signs are she's going to transfer that high-class breeding to the track following two wins from two starts here at the Curragh. Showed nice acceleration in both victories so far and, while she wouldn't have the strength-in-depth in her form that Kiyoshi has, it would be no surprise were she to weave some magic once again. She's Aidan O'Brien's main hope and he's won this race six times in the last 12 years.
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This 72-rated maiden after six starts is exposed and whether they go a decent gallop or not she looks highly likely to be well beaten a long way from home.
Beaten seven lengths by Kiyoshi in the Albany Stakes on her second start and was one of the many fillies to frank that form next time, making all in a first-time visor to land the Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown from Perhaps. That filly is the only other one in the race to have made the running previously so she's potentially an interesting pace angle in the contest.
A fascinating tactical affair awaits with Aidan O'Brien holding the keys in that respect. Wonderfully could try to make all again, or perhaps Perhaps will act as a hare for stablemate Tapestry. Whatever happens, the British raiders hold strong form claims and shouldn't be ignored. Rizeena might struggle to land a blow here given her obvious prowess over five furlongs so it could be left to the other British-trained filly, KIYOSHI, who showed plenty of gears to win a high-class Albany Stakes while looking as if the step up to seven will be taken in her stride.