Blue De Vega looks a cracking bet in the 7f Listed contest at The Curragh.
Although HERONS HEIR (best price 10/3)
was a fairly expensive failure when a well-supported favourite at Sedgefield last time out, he was unfortunate to bump into a horse right on top of his game that night and he can make amends back at his stable’s local track. To highlight his plight at the Durham venue, the winner ran a faster overall and final circuit time than the 126-rated Red Tornado in the opening race on the card, so in retrospect, Dan Skelton’s charge didn’t run that bad after all. Prior to that effort, the son of Heron Island had run another solid race behind the useful King Muro in a competitive heat at Ludlow and with ground conditions in his favour, a positive display looks on the cards.
HERONS HEIR - 1pt @ 10/3Won 3.3pts
Entered in the English 2000 Guineas until the final declaration stage, connections of BLUE DE VEGA (best price 7/4)
have clearly set their stall out to train their star colt for the Irish equivalent given they are bringing him here to gain valuable experience before his big test later in the month. Improving through the ranks last season from the humble beginnings of a Dundalk maiden, Michael O’Callaghan’s inmate rounded off his campaign by landing the Group 3 Killavullen Stakes at Leopardstown in the style of a potentially smart sort. The feature of that display at the Dublin venue was the way he quickened in the closing stages and even though that performance, along with his previous starts were over 7f, he gives the impression that racing beyond that trip will bring about further improvement. Although there’s a good chance he may be just short of his best on his reappearance, he has enough class to come through his acid test and it would come as something of a surprise if he doesn’t line-up in the Irish 2000 off the back of a decent effort this afternoon.
BLUE DE VEGA - 1pt @ 7/4Lost -1pts
Jonathon Portman has proved himself to be a dab hand with the fairer sex over the years and in the shape of HOUND MUSIC (best price 4/1)
, he appears to have another progressive filly on his hands. The way the daughter of Ashkalani turned away her field with the utmost distain over today’s C&D on her seasonal return suggest she very much gone forward from three to four, and even though she gone up in the ratings and class as a result of that smooth victory, it would be no great shock if she were to prove equal to the task.
HOUND MUSIC - 1pt @ 4/1Lost -1pts