Joseph O'Brien Saturday Runners Preview: King could reign at The Curragh

Trainer Joseph O'Brien
Joseph has some decent chances on Saturday's Curragh card

There's no runner in Saturday's Irish Derby for Joseph O'Brien but he has plenty of others with good chances dotted throughout the card. Get his exclusive views on them here...

"Shakespear'sgalley is a horse that has come good this season and has proven himself to be a strong stayer. He ran well when making the running on his latest start at Navan, but I think he could be even better when getting a lead. Conditions will suit and he should be in the mix at the finish."

Ascot effort would be welcome

Curragh, 14:20 - Speak In Colours

Speak In Colours ran really well when fourth in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last weekend. We were a bit worried that the drying ground might have gone against him there, but he ran great and probably wasn't that far off his best. This is obviously a quick back-up for him, but it looks a good opportunity for him on paper and there isn't a stand-out option for him for a little while, so assuming all is well with him between now and then, we'll let him take his chance. If he can reproduce what he did at Royal Ascot, he should be tough to beat.

Black type is the aim here

Curragh, 14:55 - Wisdom Mind and Cnoc An Oir

We are chancing our arm a little bit with both these fillies here, but for a very good reason. Wisdom Mind is a half-sister to Barney Roy and Cnoc An Oir is a half-sister to a couple of Group winners including the dam of Magna Grecia, so with pedigrees like those, getting them a bit of black type is very important.

We managed to do that with Wisdom Mind when she was second in a Listed race at Musselburgh last time, so we'll be hoping to get a bit more with her here. The longer trip should be fine and another solid run will hopefully be forthcoming.

Cnoc An Oir got back on track after a couple of disappointing runs when winning a handicap at Leopardstown last time. She needs to take a big step forward to get into the frame, but we'll give her the chance to do so and hopefully she'll run well.

Encouraging signs for Buckhurst

Curragh, 15:30 - Buckhurst

Buckhurst is a horse we've always liked and he looks to be progressing into the type of horse we always hoped he'd be. He took a good step forward when only just getting touched off by Constantinople in the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh last time. That horse went on to go close in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot, so the form looks solid. You'd also have to say that Buckhurst ended up getting left in front a fair way out for such an inexperienced horse that day, so he probably deserves some extra credit. This is a deeper race, so you'd hope he'll get a lead for longer here. The hope will be that he will take another step forward here, but he'll need to if he is to compete.

This King could reign

Curragh, 16:05 - King's Field

The rain that arrived before the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot went against King's Field and any chance he had was ended when he got hampered just over a furlong out. We'd like to think he's a fair bit better than he showed there and will give him a chance to prove it here. The firmer ground will suit and we've put on cheekpieces for the first time too. He should get good cover from his draw and it wouldn't be a surprise if he ran well.

Two runners for the closer

Curragh, 18:00 - Shakespear'sgalley and Chess Grand Master

Shakespear'sgalley is a horse that has come good this season and has proven himself to be a strong stayer. He ran well when making the running on his latest start at Navan, but I think he could be even better when getting a lead. Conditions will suit and he should be in the mix at the finish.

Chess Grand Master won twice at Dundalk earlier this year, but has found it a little bit harder since. The handicapper has given him a bit of a chance and he ran ok on his latest start over this course and distance, but he needs to do more if he is to go close.

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