I really wanted to back Native Tribe at Sandown on Thursday evening but he opened odds-on on Wednesday night and stayed that way; I did not get involved. With all due respect to the tracks racing on Friday here in the UK the best horse racing on show is out in Ireland at the Curragh. That is where I am playing to try a nick some beer money for the weekend ahead; be warned it's not a big price one.
Race of the day is the Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes over 6f at 6.50 for the two-year-olds. A select field line-up with the unbeaten Group Two Railway Stakes winner Siskin trained by Ger Lyons appearing to be the one beat. He beat Monarch Of Egypt by two-and-half lengths that day and was easing down at the line. I see no reason the O’Brien colt can turn the tables on that evidence. Royal Lytham won a three-way photo in the G.2 July Stakes but appears to be the Ballydoyle second-string and would need to have improved a fair bit to trouble Siskin. 4-5 was the best price I saw Thursday lunchtime.
I was hoping Shades Of Blue went for the Group Three 6f Qatar Racing And Equestrian Club Phoenix Sprint Stakes but the filly does not line-up.