CADILLAC was a hugely impressive winner on his debut here over seven furlongs, forging nine lengths clear after travelling powerfully through the contest – running to a high level for a horse making their first start.
He had to settle for second behind Mac Swiney when sent off at odds on for the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh, but his reputation wasn’t dented and he should improve for the experience.
Cadillac’s second in the Futurity Stakes is the best form on offer and, with further improvement in the pipeline, he should prove difficult to beat.
TIGER MOTH shaped with promise on his only start as a juvenile, finishing third over an inadequate 7 furlongs. He showed improved form to win a red-hot maiden on his reappearance here over a mile-and-a-quarter though.
He was thrown into the deep end only 18 days later when asked to contest the Irish Derby, but he ran a stormer on just his third start. He relished the step up to a mile-and-a-half, making stablemate Santiago dig very deep.
That effort identified him as a smart colt, and he can outclass these rivals before tackling better company later in the season.
PRETTY GORGEOUS looked a nice prospect when winning on debut at Bellewstown in July.
She cruised through the race before quickly drawing five lengths clear, and she ran well on her next outing when upped in grade in the Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown. She finished runner-up to Shale, looking at home in pattern company.
It was in the Debutante Stakes over this course and distance however that Pretty Gorgeous confirmed herself a smart filly, the increased emphasis on stamina – it was a truly run race on soft ground – helping her to comprehensively turn the tables on Shale.
That impressive performance lead to Pretty Gorgeous being installed as favourite for next year’s 1000 Guineas and that represents by far the best form on offer here. She should prove difficult to beat.
There may be a big field in this sales race, but a strong case can be made for STAR OF ORION. He brings the best form to the table and has not shown everything he has to offer.
Star of Orion overcame inexperience to make a winning debut at Newmarket in June and he then showed improved form in defeat under a penalty at York, only collared close home.
He ran to a similar level when third in a nursery at the same course last time, but his effort can be marked up as he made his challenge sooner than ideal in a strongly-run contest. He certainly showed enough pace to suggest this drop in trip to an extended 6 furlongs won’t be a problem.
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