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Curragh preview

Updated: Friday, 23 Aug 2013 20:38 | Comments

The son of War Front seen here winning at the Royal Ascot was less than impressive the last day out at the Curragh
The son of War Front seen here winning at the Royal Ascot was less than impressive the last day out at the Curragh

War Command is on a retrieval mission in the Group Two Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes at the Curragh.

The Ballydoyle colt stormed to the head of next year's 2000 Guineas market when taking his Coventry Stakes rivals apart, but could then only stay on at the one pace into third in the Phoenix Stakes.

On that evidence, the rise to seven furlongs should play to his strengths and he can reassert his Classic credentials at the expense of Group Three winner Exogenesis and Dermot Weld's promising Galway scorer Mustajeeb.

Ernest Hemingway accounted for Royal Diamond and Voleuse De Coeurs in the Curragh Cup, and again saw off Royal Diamond in the Ballyroan Stakes, and many will expect him to confirm his superiority in the Gain Irish St Leger Trial Stakes.

The Flying Five Stakes also carries Group Three honours and has attracted a host of British challengers, notably Hamza, who chased home Slade Power here earlier in the month.

Heading the home team is Russian Soul, who held off the reopposing Timeless Call at Tipperary, while Yulong Baoju is an interesting contender for Eddie Lynam and Johnny Murtagh at the bottom of the list.

In his training capacity, Murtagh locks horns with Lynam in the valuable Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes, although his Pillow will have to improve on her three previous efforts to get to grips with Lynam's impressive Leopardstown winner Vallado.

Expedition hasn't been seen since making a successful start to his career at Limerick back in May and Aidan O'Brien fits him with blinkers for his return in the Listed Irish Field Curragh Stakes.

O'Brien broke Jim Bolger's stranglehold on the opening Loder EBF Fillies Race (2.00) when saddling Snow Queen to victory last year, and he should be able to repeat the feat courtesy of expensive purchase Terrific, who made it second-time lucky at this venue a couple of weeks ago.

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