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Curragh preview

Updated: Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 20:51 | Comments

War Command crossing the finishing line at Ascot to land the Coventry Stakes
War Command crossing the finishing line at Ascot to land the Coventry Stakes

The Keeneland Phoenix Stakes is the main attraction on a quality Curragh card and War Command bids to enhance Aidan O'Brien's brilliant record in the Group One feature.

The Ballydoyle maestro has claimed eight of the past 11 renewals of the juvenile contest and Coventry Stakes hero War Command is joined by recent Anglesey Stakes winner Wilshire Boulevard.

The undefeated War Front colt is clearly the one to beat under Joseph O'Brien, but Railway Stakes one-two Sudirman and Big Time are rightly held in high esteem and must be respected accordingly.

The champion trainer fires three strong arrows at the Friarstown Stud Debutante Stakes and course maiden winner Tapestry gets the nod from O'Brien jnr over Group Three second Perhaps and Naas scorer Minorette.

Australian recruit Sea Siren made a perfect start for the Ballydoyle team when beating Russian Soul to Listed honours at Fairyhouse but she faces a stiffer assignment in the Paypal Supporting Irish Autism Action Phoenix Stakes.

Chief among her rivals is Eddie Lynam's Slade Power, who took his form to a new level when third behind Lethal Force in the July Cup.

There's more Group Three glory up for grabs in the Bet Online At thetote.com Royal Whip Stakes and, while nothing can be ruled out, it might be best left to Mark Johnston's raider Maputo and Scintillula from the Jim Bolger stable.

The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden is the first of seven races at 2.15 and Johnny Murtagh's Gorteo will be fancied to build on his promising debut fourth to Australia.

Penny Serenade remains at the right end of the weights as she bids to complete a hat-trick of wins in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Handicap, while Jayed Jidan, one of Dermot Weld's Galway bankers, could prove attractively treated back on fast ground in the concluding Irish Field Handicap. 

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