16:15 Curragh Sun 16 September 2018
- Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (Group 1) (Class 1)
- 7f, Good to Yielding (Yielding in places, Round Couse, Good)
- 7 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Very impressive when winning a Group 2 over C&D last time and while he's expected to be thereabouts here, his pedigree suggests he's probably going to be better over further. Will be doing all his best work in the finish.
Only narrowly run out of things by Anthony Van Dyck when runner-up in a C&D Group 2 here last time. Slightly more exposed than that rival and it might be seen to better effect on faster ground than he will get here.
Improved from debut to win at Leopardstown but finished behind Christmas at Tipperary last time in Listed company and plenty more needed. Wears first-time blinkers.
Impressive when winning a Group 2 at Goodwood and had excuses last time at Deauville when a little outpaced and bumped at the start. Should appreciate the step up in trip and can't be ruled out.
Improved from debut to justify favouritism in a Cork maiden in June. Shaped like a step up in trip was needed when third behind his reopposing stablemates last time in a Group 2 and may do better when tried over further.
Unbeaten in two starts and couldn't have been more impressive when winning a Group 2 at Newmarket last time, bursting clear. Has bags of speed and should be hard to beat provided he doesn't get caught out by the ground.
Improving with each start but finished behind a couple of these in Listed class last time and has a fair chunk of improvement to find here.
Last Year's Winner
|4||Verbal Dexterity||2||9-3||5/2||Full Result|
|T: J S BolgerJ: K J Manning|
Quorto (11/8), Anthony Van Dyck (6/4), Land Force (8/1), Christmas (9/1), Mohawk (16/1), Highland Fortune (25/1), Wargrave (50/1)
- Anthony Van Dyck
- Land Force
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