14:00 Curragh Sun 16 September 2018
- Irish Stallion Farms EBF 'Bold Lad' Sprint Handicap (Premier Handicap)
- 6f, Good to Yielding (Yielding in places, Round Couse, Good)
- 26 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Seemingly better than ever this campaign and posted another respectable effort when fourth of 20 at Ripon last month. Yard have gone a little quiet in recent weeks though and needs a career best if he's going to repeat last year's win in this.
Hasn't won since winning a Group 3 on just his second start. Has run some respectable races in defeat in Group company of late but seemingly holds no secrets from the handicapper as a result.
Won his maiden at Navan on debut for this yard and got his head in front in Listed class just two starts later back at that course but has failed to build on that in three starts since.
Has progressed well since his debut, winning a maiden at Navan before winning back-to-back handicaps over C&D. 7lb rise for the latest of those looks fair enough and more progress on the cards here.
Improving at some rate this year and while up another 5lb for his success at Newmarket last time, there could still be more to come. Versatile with regards conditions and worth a crack at a big prize.
Won his first race since his Leopardstown maiden success on debut for this yard. Runner-up from a 2lb higher mark in this race last year and ground seemingly in his favour again so can't be ruled out.
He was an eight race maiden before joining this yard but he's already got his head in front three times for his new connections. Far from disgraced in the Stewards' Cup last time and remains capable of better.
Got her head back in front at Gowran in May but that came over 7f and as seen here in follow up bid, she doesn't have the pace for this kind of trip. Beaten twice since and opposable at present.
Won a C&D Group 2 as a juvenile and ought to be suited by conditions here given that all his wins have come with cut in the ground. Not disgraced last time behind Urban Beat here and dropped 2lb for that.
Won back to back races around this time last year but struggling to land a blow from her revised mark this time around and may need more relief from the handicapper.
Won back to back races either side of the winter and ran a huge race in a Listed contest when fourth of 13 at an SP of 50/1 last time. Handicap mark has suffered as a result though and others preferred here.
Two time course winner whose career best effort came at Navan towards the end of last year when winning a Listed race over this trip on soft ground. Hasn't been anywhere near that level this time but on a workable mark as a result.
Group performer in his pomp but has only managed to win once since 2015 and that came at Navan towards the end of last year. Has problems with the stalls these days and he wouldn't want to give these rivals a headstart.
Only has two wins from 29 starts. Went close on debut for this yard at York earlier in the campaign but seemingly going backwards since, unplaced on each of his next eight starts. Others preferred.
Finished just 1L behind Urban Beat here last time when third and still relatively unexposed compared to many of these rivals. First-time blinkers could eke out more improvement and remains on the same mark.
Snapped a long losing run when winning at Newmarket last time but handicapper has seemingly over reacted with his revised mark and others preferred here.
Won her maiden here over 5f and made it a hat-trick when winning her next two starts in good fashion. Returned to form after a below par effort at Naas when runner-up at Cork last time and looked unlucky that day. Should go well again down in trip.
Hasn't won since winning his maiden at Maisons-Laffitte. Best effort for this yard came over 1m and looks vulnerable back at this trip.
C&D winner earlier in the campaign but struggling a little from her revised mark subsequently. Needs first-time cheekpieces to bring about improvement.
In good form towards the back end of last year and capitalised on his reduced mark on seasonal return at Navan over 5f. Running well in defeat recently and he was an excellent second to Urban Beat over C&D last time, not discounted.
Won three of her first five starts and has held her form well in three starts since her latest success. May come on for her seasonal reappearance here over 5f and could come on for that run. Should be thereabouts.
Has progressed through the ranks since joining this yard but disappointed when favourite last time at Leopardstown. Has some form with cut in the ground and may be capable of bouncing back.
Won at Listowel in a lower level of race earlier in the campaign but he's 6lb wrong at the weights here and has work on to turn the form around with several who finished in front of him last time.
Struggling for form in recent starts and has plenty to find at this level, particularly form out of the handicap here.
Won at Navan earlier in the campaign but has been struggling for form since and well out of the handicap here. Others preferred.
Has been in good form since joining this yard and won well at Listowel last time out. Out of the handicap here though and this is much tougher.
Last Year's Winner
|19||Ice Age||4||9-6||15/2||Full Result|
|T: Eve Johnson HoughtonJ: Charles Bishop|
Urban Beat (13/2), Glenamoy Lad (7/1), Summerghand (10/1), Rattling Jewel (11/1), Al Qahwa (12/1), Marie Of Lyon (12/1), Ice Age (14/1), Hello Brigette (16/1), Dark Shot (16/1), Medicine Jack (16/1), Soffia (20/1), Smash Williams (20/1), Blairmayne (20/1), Texas Rock (20/1), Miss Power (20/1), My Amigo (25/1), Focus Of Attention (25/1), The Broghie Man (33/1), Julia's Magic (33/1), Patuano (33/1), Mr Scarlet (33/1), Tresorier (40/1), Fit For Function (40/1), Maarek (50/1), Sorelle Delle Rose (50/1), Mokhalad (50/1), Sors (66/1)
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