Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Monday at The Curragh; 4:25 St Nicholas Abbey and 5:55 Pique Sous. Compare odds and bet
Third in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March Pique Sous (5:55) can get back to winning ways in The Irish Field INH Flat Race at the Curragh this afternoon.
Willie Mullins’s grey had earlier scored at Leopardstown in February and the son of Martaline ran a cracker at the Festival, travelling strongly for Ruby Walsh and eventually finishing 1½ lengths off stable-mate Champagne Fever, who followed up in the Grade 1 at Punchestown recently.
The selection opened up at 4/5 on Sunday evening with Boylesports, while Young Palm (16/1) is one to watch at much bigger odds, having looked useful when winning on his sole start at Ayr back in January.
Those looking for a short-priced Bank Holiday double should include St Nicholas Abbey (4:25) in the Group 3 Mooresbridge Stakes earlier on the card.
Despite having to give 5lbs all round, the Breeder’s Cup Turf winner really ought to outclass this lot, especially with Aidan O’Brien’s horses hitting hot form over the weekend, with the stable completing the Guineas double at Newmarket.
This will be the first time the son of Montjeu has run over 1m2f since flopping on his seasonal reappearance last year, but that came after a year off and he was back to his best later in the campaign.
It is probably safe to assume O’Brien will have him more forward this year and, having won this race with a short priced favourite in each of the past two seasons (Fame And Glory and So You Think), St Nicholas Abbey can complete the hat-trick.
He was trading at 8/15 with Boylesports on Sunday evening making the double a 7/4 shot with the Irish based firm.
4:25 Curragh: St Nicholas Abbey (8/15 Boylesports)
5:55 Curragh: Pique Sous (4/5 Boylesports)
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