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The flat turf season is nearly upon us, and Timeform are here to mark your card for the start of the action this weekend, looking at some of the big money buys hoping to catch the eye.
We’ve crunched the numbers and come up with a Saturday treble to get the flat turf season underway.
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Jim Bolger has won the opening two-year-old maiden of the Irish Flat season with Dawn Approach and Poetic Flare, two subsequent 2000 Guineas winners, so he is clearly not afraid to get his top talent rolling early. Bolger has a fascinating representative in this year’s opener at the Curragh on Saturday in the shape of Finsceal Go Deo, a €500,000 purchase who is by Kingman out of Finsceal Beo, the remarkable mare who won the 1000 Guineas and Irish 1000 Guineas for Bolger either side of coming up just short in the French 1000 Guineas. She certainly catches the eye with that pedigree and price tag.
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There’s also a big-money buy looking to make a flying start in Doncaster’s Brocklesby Stakes on Saturday. Persian Force fetched €225,000 as a yearling, making him comfortably the most expensive purchase among Saturday’s field, with the next highest price being the £46,000 paid for I Still Have Faith. Richard Hannon has had only one runner in the Brocklesby since taking over from his father in 2014 – Flyball finished third in 2014 – but his representative Persian Force looks a sharp type on paper as he is by the speedy Mehmas and a brother to the yard’s Super Sprint winner Gubbass.
Harry Davies only had his first ride under Rules in January but, as a sign of the esteem in which he’s held, he has been entrusted with the ride aboard Godolphin’s Modern News for Charlie Appleby in the prestigious Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday. The 17-year-old has already won in the Godolphin silks as he scored aboard the Appleby-trained Tranquil Night at Kempton in February, less than a month after having his first ride under Rules, and when he partners Modern News on Saturday it will be the fifth time he has ridden for Appleby. The 7-lb claimer’s mount Modern News looks to hold solid claims as he won all three starts in Britain last year and shaped with promise on his return at Meydan last month.
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