Curragh Saturday: Gee Rex Could Roar Home4 min read
Gee Rex can spring a shock in Anglesey Stakes. John Hayden’s Coventry eighth is a much better horse than his form figures would tell, and he has the ability to win the juvenile feature on Irish Oaks day.
3:10 Extra.ie Handicap 7f
Ice Cold In Alex can make amends for a thoroughly unfortunate experience here early in the month, and he is unfortunate to have been put up 2lb despite finishing only sixth behind Red Avenger over C&D. That doesn’t tell the story, however, and he was badly bumped by runner-up Kailee on no less than two separate occasions, but for which he may even have won. He has shaped better than the result on his previous starts as well, so very much deserves to get his head in front.
Ice Cold In Alex
3:45 Tote Scurry (Premier Handicap) 6f 63y
It may pay to side with the experienced Intisaab from what should be an advantageous draw here, and he will certainly be seen to better effect in this big-field scenario than he was in a tactical affair at Haydock last time. He was runner-up in a similar even here on his sole previous try at this venue, and is better than ever at the age of seven. He will get the strong pace he craves here, and looks to have plenty in his favour.
4:20 Jebel Ali Racecourse And Stables Anglesey Stakes (Group 3) 6f 63y
The form of the Railway Stakes won by Van Beethoven here last month has taken a few knocks since, so perhaps it’s best not to credit Marie’s Diamond with much improvement for finishing second in that race, and with likely favourite Just Wonderful having flopped in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, there is the chance of a shock, and the horse who could provide it is Gee Rex, who has been unplaced on all three starts to date, but has made significant late ground on each occasion, and is clearly much better than the formbook would indicate. He was only eighth in the Coventry last time, but met significant interference shortly after the start, and did well to pass most of the field in the final quarter mile.
4:55 Friarstown Stud Minstrel Stakes (Group 2) 7f
Larchmont Lad was behind So Beloved when the pair filled the places in the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket last time, but the runner-up is a very hard horse to win with, needing a strong pace and luck in running to show his best, and David O’Meara’s colt is the more reliable of the pair. That pair appear to have an edge over the home contingent, of whom St Patrick’s Day may be the pick, but is just as likely to be a hype horse given he is a full-brother to US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.