Godolphin has gotten off to a flying start to the flat season, with Coroebus leading home the England 2,000 guineas 1-2 for the ‘Boys in Blue’ and they will prove their superiority over Coolmore again early in the season when the Chester’s May Festival starts today.
Idan O’Brien has won six of the Chester Vase’s last eight overtimes (3.10) but the Group Three competition is at the mercy of New London, with Charlie Appleby’s attack coming out to take three wins from three starts on the Roodee .
William Buick’s mount will take some rest after his impressive re-enactment win at Newmarket last month as O’Brien sends recent Dundalk winner Changingoftheguard in the hunt for the €130,000 pot.
However, Irish Raiders hold a strong hand in the earlier Cheshire Oaks (2.40), with Above The Curve looking to offer another major win after Joseph O’Brien and Shane Crosse after State Of Rest’s French Group 1 presence last at the Prix Ganay at Longchamp Sunday was victorious.
Above The Curve has classic aspirations put to the test with the Kilkenny trainer in hopes the American Pharaoh’s filly can highlight her Epsom Oaks credentials.
“If she can handle the track and things go well, she could be an Epsom filly. She’s a fine big filly and I like her,” said O’Brien.
Although Thoughts Of June is still a girl after three starts, Above The Curve was a home run at Leopardstown last time out and his father Aidan is hoping to undo those listed contest finishes he has achieved in three of the last six runs do.
Two list awards are taking place at Gowran Park, closer to home today, with the younger O’Brien also trying to shine with Mighty Blue, who was last seen disappointing in the Mares’ Novice Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and at two consecutive races fought the Vintage Tipple Stakes (5.50) under Dylan Browne McMonagle.