Ruby Walsh and Frank Hickey have discussed their best bets ahead of today’s meeting at The Curragh.
Speaking on the latest episode of Paddy Power’s twice-weekly From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, the pair have given their opinion on the Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes and the much-anticipated Renaissance Stakes.
High Definition is a ‘talking horse’ – he’s one from one and you can’t knock him. I thought Wuqood did well under Oisin Orr when he won but I actually like IDES OF AUGUST.
Everything went wrong for Ides Of August at Leopardstown behind Cadillac and Van Gogh. He was right at the back of a race that wasn’t run that strongly and he couldn’t win from where he was, but I thought he ran really well.
I’m willing to give him another chance.
URBAN BEAT hasn’t won since April 2019 at Naas over five furlongs but I think his second-last run at Navan over five-and-a-half furlongs with a cut in the ground behind Make A Challenge is more than good enough to win this race.
Aidan O’Brien has won this for the last nine years so that’s a good place to start! I watched HIGH DEFINITION‘s race back and its actually quite impressive how he did win because he was out the back, travelling well but last at halfway and then about two furlongs out he comes off the bridle with only two behind him. You think he’s going to do nothing but he just eats up the ground in the last furlong and it’s impressive how he’s going away at the end.
Knowing how Aidan’s horses improve from first start to second, I think there’s massive improvement in him. Looking down the field, there’s a couple in there that you could make a case for but Aidan’s yet to have a world class two-year-old that you’re looking at being a classic horse for next year and this might just be the one for him.
I was looking through the field and thinking ‘thank God I don’t have to price this race’ because it is very, very tricky. This wouldn’t be a good race for my accuracy rating because there’s a fair chance I’d get it wrong!
Summerghand has been running well this year and he will handle any cut in the ground, if it goes any softer. The run he had at Newmarket was fair enough and he was probably outclassed at Group 1 level in the Sprint Cup at Haydock.
Urban Beat loves The Curragh, and ran a cracker at Doncaster over five furlongs the last day on ground that I thought wouldn’t have been lively enough for him. The more rain the better for him, and he probably wants it soft.
FOREVER IN DREAMS has won if she’s on a ‘going’ day, which hasn’t been too often this year. She’s got potential to be in the frame and was only beaten by half a length in a Group 3 back in August. The blinkers go on her for the first time, and her second-to-last run at The Curragh she was a head second to Speak In Colours in a Group 2. If she’s on a ‘going’ day, she may be a bit of value against the likes of Summerghand and Urban Beat.
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