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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Ol' Man River to call tune in the Beresford

Ante-post markets for some of next year's Classics may well be set for a shake-up at the Curragh tomorrow afternoon as the Beresford Stakes is the showpiece of the action at HQ.

The feature Group Two contest does feature the highly touted Ballydoyle horse Ol' Man River (pictured) who could hardly be better bred to be a Classic contender, being by the leading sire Galileo and out of Jim Bolger's top class mare Finsceal Beo. It would be a major shock if he didn't maintain his unbeaten tag on what will be his second outing.

Ol' Man River faces seven rivals and Paddy Power have chalked Joseph O'Brien's mount up at 6/4 with Dermot Weld's Tombelaine 2/1 according to the same firm after it had finished second behind another highly-regarded Ballydoyle colt in John F Kennedy, while there are other interesting runners in Convergence for Ger Lyons, the Galway maiden winner Clonard Street ,who was recently acquired by JP McManus and sent to Tony Martin, and there is also a Jim Bolger newcomer McGuigan.

Following the success of Lucida at Newmarket yesterday, Jim Bolger can have every right to be hopeful for another nice two-year-old winner in the shape of Stellar Glow.

The daughter of Sea The Stars has only had one run when finishing second on her debut at Leopardstown on Champions Weekend and it would be no surprise to see her break her maiden tag in the CL and MF Weld Park Stakes.

As of yesterday evening, Dermot Weld's Forgotten Rules was priced up at 10/11 to win the Loughbrown Stakes, which looks a gift of a price on what we have seen previously.

A Punchestown bumper winner and then a winner on the Flat at Galway, this horse could still be anything and should have no problem dealing with the eight which oppose tomorrow.

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