Following a 10/3 and a 5/2 winner yesterday, Steve Ryder has three selections for Sunday's racing.
The Joseph O’Brien trained Albula (best priced at 9/2) is a well-bred daughter of Galileo who should be able to gain compensation for her close defeat in a Group 3 last time. The two-year-old made a debut at Naas over a mile in August and looked set to remain unbeaten here last time when travelling best of all in the Group 3 Flame Of Tara Stakes before just getting pounced on late on by Magical Lagoon.
Both of her runs have been over a mile so far in her career but this drop back to 7f should suit and I expect Albula to prove hard to beat under Declan McDonogh.
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The three-year-old crop look a good bunch this season and St Leger 3rd The Mediterranean (best priced at 11/10) is expected beat his elders in this race. The son of Galileo finished 4th behind Hurricane Lane in the Grand Prix De Paris at Longchamp over 1m4f before finishing a close 2nd behind Yibir in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on his next start over the same distance.
The Mediterranean put in a career best performance last time in the St Leger when upped in trip to 1m6f for the first time and stayed on well giving the impression that this further step up in trip to 2 miles would suit him well. He could well prove to be their Ascot Gold Cup horse next season and I expect him to win this Group 3 in impressive fashion.
The Eddie Lynam trained Jon Riggens (best priced at 10/1) found 6f too far on his handicap debut here earlier this month but remains a horse of huge potential in these valuable sprint handicaps. The three-year-old gelding made a winning stable debut over this course and distance in a 12 runner maiden where he always travelled well before winning by a comfortable 1 ¼ lengths.
The handicapper was impressed with that performance and re-assessed his handicap mark up to 86 before he contested a valuable 6f contest here on Irish Champions Weekend. This represents an easier task and Jon Riggens will also appreciate the drop back down to 5f where I expect him to run well with up to six places available.