Ground conditions should favour Brooch’s bid in the Kilboy Stakes

Gordon Lord Byron primed for strong showing in the Minstrel Stakes

Trainer Dermot Weld: will be hoping Brooch bounces back with a victory at the Curragh. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dank’s 2013 Kilboy Estate Stakes victory was a prelude to Group One success and if there’s a future top-flight winner in Sunday’s Curragh feature it could be Brooch.

Dermot Weld’s four year old lost her unbeaten record in the Pretty Polly Stakes three weeks ago when quick ground may not have been ideal for the daughter of Empire Maker.

Nevertheless she was beaten less than five lengths in a ‘stop-start’ run race and although she has to concede weight all-round in the Kilboy ground conditions look like being more to her liking.

Raydara's preference is for quick going and she remains something of an unknown factor. Older fillies have got the better of the classic generation in recent years and Brooch can maintain that trend.


Gordon Lord Byron got back to winning ways with a vengeance on Derby day over six furlongs and, stepping back to seven furlongs for the Minstrel Stakes, Tom Hogan's stalwart should be hard to beat.

Along with another veteran in Ansgar, Gordon Lord Byron has to concede weight all round but Wayne Lordan's mount looks to be in prime shape and can get the better of the English three year old, Home Of The Brave.

Digeanta found two and a half miles too much at Royal Ascot behind his stable companion Clondaw Warrior but back to two miles he should be able to exploit a mark of 88 under Pat Smullen. Sunday's other fixture at Tipperary sees fancied Sandymount Duke attempting a hat-trick in the three mile conditions hurdle.

Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor is the racing correspondent of The Irish Times. He also writes the Tipping Point column