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Curragh preview

Updated: Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 12:30 | Comments

A seven-race card at the Curragh gets underway at 1.55
A seven-race card at the Curragh gets underway at 1.55

Dermot Weld runs Olympiad, Truthwillsetufree and Hisaabaat as he seeks to follow up the success of Voleuse De Coeurs last year in the Tote Super Trifecta Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh.

It is a valuable race in its own right but could provide future clues under both codes, as past winners also include classy jumps horses like Iktitaf and Essex.

Aidan O'Brien is another with a trio of runners in Marchese Marconi, Egyptian Warrior and Victory Song, but the one to keep a close eye on could be Jessica Harrington's Weather Watch, who rattled home for fourth over shorter at Leopardstown last time.

There are three Listed races on the card, kicking off with the Staffordstown Stud Stakes.

Dazzling represents O'Brien and was not far away in a similar grade last time, but Weld could hold the key with Flying Jib, a hugely impressive winner at Dundalk in August.

Sprinting seems to be the game for Cristoforo Colombo these days and the Ballydoyle colt seeks to follow up a Dundalk success in the Johnny O'Sullivan Lifetime In Racing Achievement Waterford Testimonial Stakes.

The 2000 Guineas fifth will have to be on his mettle to fend off the likes of Arctic and Leitir Mor and land this Listed prize.

O'Brien holds a strong hand in the final Listed contest, the Join Go Racing In Kildare 2014 Finale Stakes, with a team led by Heirloom.

The three-year-old steps up in grade after faring well in handicaps, but this looks an open affair, with Zand, Cyclone and Carraiglawn all holding claims.

The meeting kicks off at 1.55 with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, with Century and Lone Star representing Ballydoyle, though Weld's Bush Pilot acquitted himself well here on his only previous start.

Fulminata and Kentra bid to follow up recent victories in the Stephen Quirke Memorial Apprentice Handicap, while the Irish Field EBF Fillies Maiden could go the way of Al Fahidi.

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