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Saturday 7 December 2019

Ice Cold looks too hot to handle

Ice Cold In Alex can score at the Curragh
Ice Cold In Alex can score at the Curragh

Another Friday, another meeting at the Curragh and another strong team heading to HQ to represent Aidan O'Brien.

The champion trainer unleashes a typically enviable squad for the feature races at the Curragh today, including Turnberry Isle in the €100,000 Tote Irish Cambridgeshire.

O'Brien won the Cambridgeshire with Kenya last year and Turnberry Isle will be hard to beat on his best form, however the consistent ICE COLD IN ALEX (6.50, Curragh) is given the nod to come out on top here.

Ken Condon trains in the shadows of the racecourse and enjoyed notable success at this venue with Ice Cold In Alex on Derby weekend last year and despite going up in the weights since then, the five-year-old has still been able to knock on the door in competitive handicaps.

With a light weight and Niall McCullagh on his back, if the selection gets a bit of luck in running in this 26 runner field he could be worth siding with once more.

O'Brien's chances of winners begins in the opener with the €3.4m purchase MOGUL (4.20, Curragh) expected to go one better than debut.

Ryan Moore is over and will also ride LOPE Y FERNANDEZ (5.20, Curragh) who can come good in the Group Three Round Tower Stakes.

The debut winner had to settle for minor honours at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood but this is a more straightforward assignment and he can be expected to return to winning ways.

Ger Lyons got the better of O'Brien with the juvenile Siskin earlier in the month and AUXILIA (4.50, Curragh) might be capable of continuing a good few weeks for Lyons.

The daughter of Free Eagle should appreciate the step up to a mile after an emphatic Naas miaden success.

The Jessica Harrinton-trained THETHIAS (6.20, Curragh) is another coming back in grade and looks up to taking full advantage in the Group Three Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes.

There is jumping action up the north this afternoon where a step up in trip and the most valuable 5lbs claim in Irish racing can help DOCTOR DUFFY (6.40, Down Royal) reverse Killarney form with Everybreathyoutake for Charles Byrnes and Darragh O'Keeffe.

CURRAGH TODAY

4.20 Mogul

4.50 Auxilia

5.20 Lope Y Fernandez

5.50 Castletownshend

6.20 Trethias

6.50 Ice Cold In Alex

7.20 Blacklooks

7.50 Next Stop Broadway

DOWN ROYAL TODAY

4.35 Global Freedom

5.10 Iamastartoo

5.40 Bective Cave

6.10 Make The Switch

6.40 Doctor Duffy

7.10 Top Of The Charts

7.40 Jelona

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