Toy will try to live up to its classic pedigree in Paris
Aidan O’Brien’s royal filly Toy will try to live up to her classic pedigree in Paris on Sunday.
Boasting a pedigree as stellar as any in the game, Toy lines up in the Emirates Poule D’Essai des Pouliches – the French 1,000 Guineas – at Longchamp with an “off” at 2:15 p.m. Irish.
The sister of Classic winners Gleneagles, Marvelous and Joan Of Arc is one of 15 to take part in the €500,000 competition.
The favorite of the race is the heroine of Newmarket Cachet who will try to emulate Special Duty in 2010 and complete the Franco-English double of the Guineas.
By contrast, Toy can only boast a wide-margin debut win in Cork last month, but she benefits from a weak draw in stall four around a one-mile circuit where a high post can be problem.
O’Brien’s only success at the Fillies came 21 years ago thanks to Rose Gypsy, but the Acropolis will try to offer him a sixth victory in the French 2,000 Guineas on Sunday’s programme.
The draw was not so good for the Ballydoyle colt with a post 12 in a 16-man squad expected at 2.55.
Ryan Moore also rounds The Acropolis who were beaten by half a length by Dr Zempf at Leopardstown on his first start of the season.
The favorite for the Poule D’Essai des Poulains is the winner of the Godolphin Modern Games Breeders’ Cup.
His jockey William Buick has a packed transatlantic weekend schedule as he teams up with fellow Breeders’ Cup scorer Yibir in the Belmont’s Man O’War Stakes in New York on Saturday night.
Before that, Saturday’s cross-channel Group 1 action sees a classic O’Brien winner Mother Earth contest Newbury’s Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes.
Last season’s English Guineas winner won on her return to the Curragh in March but has a formidable hurdle to overcome at Baaeed.
Unbeaten in half a dozen starts last year, expectations around Baaeed are such that he is a long-time favorite to start his four-year campaign in style.
A busy domestic weekend includes Listed action at Navan on Saturday where Ger Lyons’ Cairde Go Deo will take on a pair of colts from Ballydoyle in the Yeats Stakes.
Cairde Go Deo hits a milestone on her journey from her seasonal Navan debut when she finished third at Oaks competitor Concert Hall.
Naas hosts its Royal Ascot Trials Day program on Sunday with seven races live on RTÉ One.
The sprint of the group three Coolmore Fillies has proven to be an important classic indicator in recent years with the success of Mother Earth in 2020, Alpha Centauri in 2017 and Sky Lantern ten years ago.
All became Guineas winners and while Matilda Picotte may not reach such heights, she could hardly have been more impressive on her Curragh debut last week.
Monasterevin-based Kieren Cotter has an interesting prospect on his hands given that day’s runner-up Comhra, who then locked himself up in Roscommon and is up against it again.
Straight Answer has some catching up to do on New York in the form of Navan in the group three Goffs Lacken Stakes but is preferred by Colin Keane to the undefeated Beauty Inspire.