Jessica Harrington focused on Curragh
Trainer Jessica Harrington has made her name in the National Hunt game with horses like Moscow Flyer who excelled in both the Arkle and Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltneham.
However, at present, she is more focused on the Flat and has a great chance of winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes — a Group 1 race at the Curragh tomorrow.
Laughing Lashes bids for glory after winning the Debutante Stakes over the course and distance under Fran Berry, will start second favourite behind odds-on favourite Memory who is the ante-post market-leader for the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket next year.
Berry said: “I know Laughing Lashes is in very good form. I saw Memory win at Newmarket and Ascot and she is clearly a very good filly. She’s unbeaten and a worthy favourite and looks the one that we all have to beat.”
Memory is trained by the in-form Richard Hannon who has swept up the majority of two-year-old races this year and his record at the Curragh is there for all to see.
One of his rare setbacks was with his speedy Strong Suit who was mugged in the closing stages of the Phoenix Stages here earlier in the month by Aidan O’Brien’s Zoffany.
Jessica also has high hopes for her colt Pathfork who looked a very smart colt in the making as he maintained his unbeaten record at the Curragh in the Futurity Stakes and is now a live contender for Newmarket’s 2000 Guineas.
Kevin Prendeergast, who had won the Moyglare with Termagant about a year ago, is represented by Kissable, a 16-1 chance.
Kissable landed a maiden at Leopardstown before finishing third behind Aidan O’Brien’s classy Together and Laughing Lashes in the Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown last month.
Prendergast said: “She has done well since I think the Curragh will suit her better than Leopardstown where she got too far back before finishing well.”
It’s hard to overlook Hannon’s Memory but Mrs Harrington is given the vote and it is notable that the filly has been cut from 9-2 into 7-2.
Meanwhile in the Go And Go Round Tower Stakes, Hannon and Richard Hughes can score with Big Issue who should appreciate the six furlongs.