Really like what I've seen out of Sword Fighter in his last 2 starts. What this colt may lack in talent and/or ability, he more than makes up for in drive and determination. It's no easy thing to take a field gate to wire over 2 miles at listed level and then come back 9 days later and take a field gate to wire over 14f at G2 level. Aidan O'Brien certainly doesn't have any problems throwing quality older stayers at this year's G1 Irish St Leger with the likes of Order of St George & Bondi Beach in the yard, but as of right now, I think Sword Fighter gives Aidan O'Brien his best chance of winning the G1 English St Leger at Doncaster that's restricted to just the 3YO stayers, IMO.
Just 9 days ago, Sword Fighter took the listed Queen's Vase field gate to wire over 2 miles at Royal-Ascot. Today he does the same thing in the G2 Curragh Cup over 14f, taking the field gate to wire and proving his performance during Ascot's royal meeting was no fluke. He's no Order of St George by any means, but he may well be the best 3YO stayer at the moment, IMO.
Minding defeats older fillies & mares for the first time, bolting up to win the G1 Pretty Polly Stakes easily and claiming her 5th Group 1 win to date. Minding is now a G1 winner at a mile, 10f, & 12f.
Glad to hear she made the trip back home in good order, but I can't help but feel it's a shame she didn't stay in the UK for just a few more weeks to run in the G1 Sussex Stakes. With Solow still on the sidelines and not able to defend his crown, she likely would've made for a tough beat at Goodwood too, IMO.
Backed as if defeat was nearly out of the question, Taj Mahal, a full brother to Gleneagles, could only manage a 7th of 14 finish on his racecourse debut at the Curragh in Ireland.
Sir Isaac Newton gets home about 3/4 lengths ahead of Chemical Charge to win the G3 International Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland, following up his royal meeting victory at Ascot in the listed Wolferton Handicap.
Idaho has run well at G1 level in the Epsom & Irish Derbies, but I'm not sure he's quite the class of 3YO, or at least yet anyway, that could win a King George or an Arc. That being said, I think he'd be the perfect horse for Aidan O'Brien to send to Santa Anita In November for the Breeders Cup Turf. With the 3YO weight for age he'd get in the race he could take some beating, IMO.
Agreed. Very talented colt indeed, and I also like that once again while coming up short to Harzand, Idaho continues to show improvement as well, IMO.
Medicine Jack just does hold off the Aidan O'Brien trained Peace Envoy to win the G2 Railway Stakes at the Curragh for trainer Ger Lyons and jockey Colin Keane.
I haven't had time to read the entire article yet, but I did sort of skim it and saw where it said Qemah is more likely to run in the G1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket/July than she is to run in the G1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.
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