It’s one from Nottingham and one in the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh today for Al Dudman in his odds-boosted Daily Double…
“Improvement, and a big chunk is needed to make her mark for this, but fillies can often take a big step forward at this stage of their careers and she will at least enjoy the heavy.”
Improvement needed but not unlikely
15:15 Curragh – Back Empress Josephine
Heavy conditions expected for the Curragh, and we saw it was pretty hard work yesterday, so perhaps there could be a shock in store? If there is, Aidan O’Brien can often provide one in a Classic. It’s happened plenty of times.
Joan Of Arc won the Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on very different going to what she’ll face today and she is the Ballydoyle number one.
At a much bigger price, and it could be a real flyer on this, Empress Josephine has proven herself by winning her first start on heavy.
She was thrashed in the Priory Belle on good ground, but did bounce back at Gowran Park. Once again with conditions on the soft side.
Improvement, and a big chunk is needed to make her mark for this, but fillies can often take a big step forward at this stage of their careers and she will at least enjoy the heavy.
Trip looks ideal
17:10 Nottingham – Back Idilico
The closing handicap at Colwick Park looks a good 1m6f contest with several horses in form.
Sulochana potentially looks progressive, but Idilico showed up well at Doncaster last time to make him of interest.
He ran over 1m4f on that occasion and showed a good attitude to take third with an effort that suggested he’s more of a stayer. Running on near side, he wasn’t stopping in the soft ground and the 1m6f this afternoon looks ideal.
His mark has plummeted too down to from 78 to 61 at Donny. I give him another chance at what is likely to be his best trip.