It's a Longchamp to Tipperary Sunday for Joseph O'Brien as he discusses his one runner at the French track as well as his promising quartet in action in Ireland...
"The combination of seven furlongs and soft ground should play to his strengths. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he runs a big race."
Big race would be no surprise
17:05 - Speak In Colours
Speak In Colours has been a model of consistency since joining us and it's been great to see him win a Group 3 and a Listed race this season. He did what his form entitled him to do in the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh last weekend and it was always the intention to back him up for this if all was good with him after that run. He showed when finishing fourth in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot that he isn't out of place in this company. The combination of seven furlongs and soft ground should play to his strengths. I wouldn't be at all surprised if he runs a big race.
Flat track should suit him
13:30 - Sacramento
Sacramento didn't improve as hoped from his encouraging debut at Leopardstown when finishing fifth at Galway last time, but I don't think he was enjoying the track there. This flat track should suit him better and he'll relish the testing ground. It wouldn't surprise to see him produce an improved effort, but he'll need to do so to get in the mix in what looks a decent maiden.
Place would be fantastic
14:30 - Wisdom Mind
Wisdom Mind has been knocking on the door of black type in similar races to this of late and hopefully she can hit the frame here. She was Listed-placed at Musselburgh earlier in the season, but getting her Group 3-placed would be fantastic given she is a half-sister to Barney Roy. She ran well over this course and distance on her penultimate start and she won't mind the softer ground, so we'll be hoping for the best.
Could yet spring to life
15:00 - Plinth
Plinth was a little bit unlucky not to win a handicap chase at Kilbeggan last time. While he isn't the most consistent these days, he still retains plenty of ability when things fall right for him. He has had some great days over this course and distance over the years, including when winning this race back in 2015. He looks up against it at these weights, but it wouldn't be a shock if he springs to life and runs well.
Hoping to move on from disappointment
16:35 - Grey Waters
Grey Waters was a bit unlucky at Roscommon last weekend, as she looked booked to finish third in a Grade 3 novice chase only to unseat her rider at the final fence. This looks to be a much stronger contest, but hopefully she'll acquit herself well.