Timeform Shortlist: Curragh, Sunday 26 August

Will Aidan O'Brien be celebrating more success in the Debutante Stakes on Sunday?
Will Aidan O'Brien be celebrating more success in the Debutante Stakes on Sunday?

Timeform's free shortlist comes from the Curragh on Sunday...

"He again went down all guns blazing at Haydock last time and earns the vote..."

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1.35 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden 7f

Analyst's Verdict:
With no form to go on, the betting should be informative and Circus Maximus' appeal will be heightened if the market speaks in his favour. Ryan Moore prefers the Galileo colt ahead of stablemates Fresno and Globe Theatre, and he may well lead home an Aidan O'Brientrained 1-2-3 in this maiden. Armed with an entry in the Beresford Stakes, Aced It is most interesting of the remainder.


2.05 Gabriel Curran Memorial Maiden 6f

Analyst's Verdict:
Those with experience hardly set an insurmountable standard and newcomer Venetian Rock could be the answer. He holds an entry in a Naas Group 3 next month and it will look significant if the market speaks in his favour. Ajmera was disappointing when favourite for a 5f maiden here a fortnight ago and bigger threats may be posed by likely improvers Lost Treasure, Mona Bell and Tintoretto.

Timeform Top Rated:
86 11. AJMERA John Patrick Murtagh S. B. Kelly (3)
83p 17. MONA BELL Joseph G. Murphy G. F. Carroll
81p 8. TINTORETTO John Joseph Murphy C. T. Keane


2.35 Debutante Stakes (Group 2) 7f
Timeform Rating of previous winners: 124 124 127 122 128 (Avg 125)

Analyst's Verdict:
Lady Kaya was most impressive when striking over C&D a fortnight ago and, with the distinct possibility of better to come, she may well take this step up in class in her stride. Aidan O'Brien has saddled 6 of the last 10 winners of this race and Zagitova, Ryan Moore's pick of the stable's trio, has to be feared. Skitter Scatter and Viadera are others with strong claims.

Timeform Top Rated:
116p 7. SKITTER SCATTER P. J. Prendergast R. P. Whelan
114p 9. VIADERA G. M. Lyons C. T. Keane
112p 5. LADY KAYA Ms Sheila Lavery R. C. Colgan


3.05 Galileo Irish European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes (Group 2) 7f
Timeform Rating of previous winners: 128 120 121 125 111 (Avg 121)

Analyst's Verdict:
Anthony Van Dyck looked potentially top-class when landing the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown last month, and can provide Aidan O'Brien with yet another winner in this Group 2 contest, a race he has won with the likes of Gleneagles and Churchill in recent years. Stablemate Christmas and promising C&D winner Klute can fill the places.

Timeform Top Rated:
119p 1. ANTHONY VAN DYCK Aidan O'Brien Ryan Moore
114p 5. KLUTE Mrs J. Harrington C. O'Donoghue
112p 2. CHRISTMAS Aidan O'Brien Seamie Heffernan


3.40 Manguard Plus Royal Whip Stakes (Group 3) 1¼m
Timeform Rating of previous winners: 125 118 126 123 120 (Avg 122)

Analyst's Verdict:
Success Days wasn't disgraced despite finishing nearer last than first in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville recently, and this tough 6-y-o is taken to land this prize for the second time, having made all in the 2016 renewal. Verbal Dexterity is potentially a cut above these but may need the run following a 10-month layoff. Deauville should also be in the mix and Ming isn't discounted either.

Timeform Top Rated:
127 7. VERBAL DEXTERITY J. S. Bolger K. J. Manning
126 4. SUCCESS DAYS K. J. Condon William James Lee
125 2. DEAUVILLE Aidan O'Brien Ryan Moore


4.15 Irish European Breeders Fund Supporting Irish Champions Weekend Fillies Handicap 1½m

Analyst's Verdict:
Julienne didn't show much at 2 years but she's a different proposition this time round, going close on belated return here this month prior to opening her account upped to 9f at Tipperary 4 days later. This further step up in trip may help unlock more improvement and she is taken make a winning handicap debut. Dawn Hoofer and Mazzuri should both go well but the unexposed Echo Park is feared most.

Timeform Top Rated:
103p 9. JULIENNE Joseph Patrick O'Brien W. M. Lordan
102 3. DAWN HOOFER J. S. Bolger K. J. Manning
102 8. DANCING DOLL A. J. Martin N. G. McCullagh


4.50 Tipperary Crystal 'Rose' Ladies Invitational Handicap 1½m

Analyst's Verdict:
Miro wasn't beaten far under this rider in a similar event at Tipperary 16 days ago and, off the same mark here and with this slight drop back in trip a potentially good move, she earns the vote ahead of the consistent Universal Focus. Emily Square's strike rate is poor but she's lurking on an attractive mark and needs considering, along with recent hurdles winner Teqany.

Timeform Top Rated:
66+ 8. EMILY SQUARE Thomas Mullins Ms H. Mooney
63 6. UNIVERSAL FOCUS Ross O'Sullivan Miss Alyson Deniel
62+ 3. MIRO Gordon Elliott Ms Lisa O'Neill


5.25 Kildare Minor Ladies 'All Ireland Champions' Handicap 6f63y

Analyst's Verdict:
Still well treated based on peak form, Shore Step gave it a good shot from the front when runner-up here earlier this month and makes plenty of appeal off the same mark. Rattling Jewel failed to beat a rival home over C&D last time but that was in a far stronger race than this and, in good form prior to that, he should have a part to play. Polly Douglas also has claims, along with Enter The Red.

Timeform Top Rated:
89 1. RATTLING JEWEL Joseph Patrick O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien
89 20. POLLY DOUGLAS Kieran Patrick Cotter C. P. Hoban
88+ 12. DOONARD PRINCE Ross O'Sullivan K. J. Leonard (3)


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