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Royal Rhyme won a strange race at Ayr. The race was blown wide open when Pride Of America went forward and stole a 5L lead on the field. Royal Rhyme wasn’t fazed by that and ate up the ground with no problem, and his progressive path on soft ground continues.
Nymphadora almost hung on at Newbury. Oisin tried to make all on the filly and she was eventually outdone by the rank outsider of the field, which is always annoying.
Curragh 3:00 – Go Athletico 7/2 (1pt)
With the amount of rain that the Curragh is expecting get, it massively brings Go Athletico into the frame.
I tipped him up on stable debut for Aidan McGuinness after he was bought for €165,000 out of the German yard of A Schutz. Normally, German form is quite iffy to follow and hard to compare to the British standard but he won very well over 5f on yielding ground before finishing 2nd to Art Power when Go Athletico would've gone very close to winning if he got any clear run in the race, he was blocked repeatedly and didn't get out till very late. Last time out he finished 2nd to Moss Tucker, at the time I thought that was a decent effort as it was on good ground which isn't his ideal ground, and the form was franked massively as the winner won the Flying Five Stakes Group 1 a few weeks ago.
I think today's conditions would probably be the ideal ones if you were to ask Aidan, his trainer. Though his two best RPRs have come over 5f and 5.5f I think 6f on soft will be his ideal conditions. He won nicely over 5f at Cork, but he was asserting himself at the line under a very big weight and I think there's more to come now Aidan puts him over 6f.
Curragh - 3:00 pm