The Curragh hosts this weekend’s big race, the Phoenix Stakes, at 3.10pm on Sunday so the lads on From The Horse’s Mouth got stuck into the Group 1 contest and analysed the front runners as well as chances of a British raiders’ claiming the win.
Mick Fitzgerald sat in for Ruby Walsh on this weekend’s pod and he was joined by Paddy Power, Frank Hickey and Sky Sports Racing’s French expert Laurent Barbarin who previewed the Prix Maurice de Gheest.
You can listen to the whole podcast below but read on to find out what Paddy and Mick make of the Phoenix Stakes.
From The Horse’s Mouth’s tip for the 15:10 at the Curragh on Sunday
Maybe I’m just being a bit too tunnel vision on it, but I was just so taken by Steel Bull first time out and last time at Goodwood as well. It just looked one of those horses that just does everything easy enough and there could be plenty more to come. I wouldn’t be too worried about the step up in trip, I don’t think. I know he’s very pacy, but still, I think the six furlongs will be within range for him and I really like him. I’m going to keep following him until he lets me down!
The Lir Jet, I think he can be marked up on his run in France. It was interesting, Michael Bell said that when he arrived at the racecourse in France, they put him in this stable next to a filly and he got very excited so spent quite a lot of time thinking about something else other than racing! That can’t have been good for that horse but he broke the track record at Yarmouth over five. The worry would be slower ground at the Curragh over six, it might not be ideal for him.
I think Steel Bull was visually impressive and he won very convincingly and I’d like to know, what’s the ground going to be on Sunday? I think Lucky Vega is a very, very good each-way bet in here. Jessie Harrington’s having a hell of a year and this horse bolted up first time and I think you’ve got to take that on face value a little bit and forgive last time so I think he’s the each way one in the race.
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