Irish Eyes: Dazzling victory on cards
Irish Eyes previews today's action at the Curragh and expects Aidan O'Brien to enjoy a fruitful afternoon.
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Today's action comes from the Curragh where the feature events are the two remaining Group One races of the Irish Flat calendar for 2013: the GAIN Irish St. Leger and the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes.
Despite the Aidan O'Brien stable housing a higher that usual number of top-class juveniles, for some reason it would appear they have decided to keep the cream of the crop at home instead of lining up in the latter event.
Consequently, the David Wachman-trained Sudirman faces less talented opposition than could have been expected, from the home team at least.
Toormore travels over from the UK and is capable of going on any ground. He will keep Sudirman honest but will need to be a proper Group One horse if he is to turn over Wachman's charge, provided the ground does not turn soft.
To be fair to Sudirman, he never received the credit he deserved for his disposal of the smart War Command and Big Time last month but a win in today's event will ensure he gets all the plaudits.
War Front is the stallion of the moment in the USA, thanks in the main to the exploits of the O'Brien-trained duo of War Command and Declaration Of War, and the man himself unveils yet another of War Front's progeny in the opening maiden.
Guerre cost $180,000 as a yearling in Keeneland, is bred to have the toe for six furlongs and carries a big reputation going into the race.
O'Brien provides the nap of the afternoon in the form of Dazzling, the full sister to Roderic O'Connor who exploded onto the scene here two weeks ago.
Despite the fact that yesterday's St Leger-winning jockey Joseph O'Brien is likely to put up at least 2lb overweight on the filly, we fully expect Dazzling to live up to both her her name and her pedigree.
A glance at her bloodlines suggests that softer ground won't cause her any problems and Dazzling should be staying on strongly at the business end of the race and will take some beating in the Listed Flame Of Tara Stakes.
Darwin looks every inch a Group One horse and although the ground will give connections some worry, particularly if there is further rain, he really should be beating this lot in the Group Three Solonaway Stakes. He is taken to bring up a Ballydoyle hat-trick by just the fourth race and confidently gets the next best vote.
NAP: Dazzling 2.15
Next Best: Darwin 3.15
Trixie: Guerre 1.45