A small but select field with Mr O’Brien having 50 percent of the field, as is usual in Irish races these days isn’t it?
Too many group 1’s across Europe. They should be the exception and some should be demoted to Group 2 status in my view. Not this one though, it’s worthy. I wouldn’t have thought the Breeders Cup was the reason for the lack of numbers though, maybe the Arc trials next weekend more likely? I’d like to see the Foy/Niel with penalties for Gr. 1 winners.
Maraahael – Never won above Group 2
Red Rocks – Seems best at a mile and four
Duke – No more than Group class
Red Rock – No better than useful
Finsceal – High class no doubt but still has to prove that beyond a mile
Surely a penalty kick for Dylan which is disappointing given the race’s status and prize money.
Seems like the Arc and Breeders Cup are becoming something of a Cheltenham for flat trainers once the clasics and Royal Ascot are out of the way
be interesting to see Finsceal Beo over 10f, but what a race to try it out on. The trouble with Irish Gr. 1’s is it’s general failure to attract runners from France, you hardly ever see any these days over there.
I think taking the race over the last few years, it’s a worthy Group 1 though, even if it’s a disappointing turnout this year.