Andy Oliver has enjoyed a hugely successful season and he is hopeful that First Cornerstone can continue his stable’s sparkling form in the Group Two Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
First Cornerstone was an impressive winner of the Group Two Galileo Futurity Stakes at the Curragh last month and Oliver says that the juvenile has thrived since that victory.
The Tyrone handler is slightly concerned about the ground for his talented son of Hurricane Run and will wait until the end of the week making a final decision about First Cornerstone’s participation in the race.
“We will wait until later in the week before making a decision about
Sunday’s race but First Cornerstone could not be in better form and
has thrived since his last race,” commented Oliver. “While he has
never won on extremes of ground, we would not be concerned about
testing ground for him because we know from the last day that he
handles it well.”
Aidan O’Brien has a fantastic record in the Beresford and he has eight horses still engaged in the race as he goes in search of his 12th winner since 1996. Nevis, Lines of Battle, Marengo, Kingston Jamaica and Afonsa da Sousa are among the Ballydoyle horses that hold entries but running plans won’t be firmed up until later in the week.
There are two more top class contests for juveniles on Pony Club Raceday at the Curragh. The Group Three CL Weld Park Stakes has attracted some nicely bred fillies with the Kevin Prendergast trained Spinacre one of the leading contenders for the race. She was a taking winner of the Flame of Tara Stakes on St Leger day. The John Oxx trained Tarana made a winning debut that day also and she could take a step up in class on Sunday.
The Listed Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital Blenheim Stakes has an interesting list of entries, headed by Monday’s Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales race winner Three Sea Captains and stable companion Awakened Spirit.