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Curragh preview: Found holds all the aces in Alleged Stakes

| 03.04.2016

David Metcalf | April 2, 2016

Found to make winning return in Alleged Stakes

Star filly Found makes her seasonal reappearance in the Alleged Stakes (16:25) at the Curragh on Sunday and looks a worthy favourite to make it a winning one.

Trained by Aidan O’Brien, the beautifully bred daughter of Galileo enjoyed a terrific 2015 when winning twice and running some top class races in defeat.

After scoring easily in the Group 3 Royal Whip Stakes over course and distance, Found ran a blinder to be beaten just a length by Investec Derby winner Golden Horn in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes.

The four-year-old then got no luck in running when ninth behind that rival in the Arc, but got revenge on the final start of the campaign when getting the better of John Gosden’s stable star by 1/2 a length in the Grade 1 Breeders Cup Turf at Keeneland.

That form is head and shoulders above anything her rivals in this Listed contest have achieved and, although likely to need the run, Found can make her class tell to land the spoils en route to much better things.

Drama the class act in Gladness Stakes


Elsewhere on this Coral sponsored card, Endless Drama has some top class form to his name and looks the one to beat in the Group 3 Gladness Stakes (15.50).

The Ger Lyons trained colt looked an exciting prospect when winning on debut as a juvenile, and confirmed that view in three runs last season when finishing runner-up on each occasion.

In the last of those Endless Drama was beaten just 3/4 of a length by Gleneagles in the Irish 2000 Guineas over 1m at this venue, rallying strongly to be gaining at the finish having been slightly outpaced a furlong from home.

It was a cracking effort which sets a high standard, and the drop back to 7f should not be a problem.

The only negative surrounding the four-year-old is that he has not been seen in action for 316 days, but horses from the Lyons yard are rarely found wanting through lack of fitness and Endless Drama is rated 2lb and upwards superior to his rivals.

Moore and Master Speaker a potent combination


Master Speaker was a massive eye-catcher last time out and, with Ryan Moore in the saddle, looks the answer to the 6f Bet & Watch Irish And UK Racing Live Handicap (15.15).

After being held-up off the pace in a competitive 13-runner contest over course and distance, the Martin Hassett trained six-year-old travelled powerfully into the race and looked to be cruising a furlong out.

However, Master Speaker was then constantly denied a clear run and, when he did eventually see daylight, the son of Danehill Dancer kept on strongly to be beaten just 1 1/2 lengths by the winner Bubbly Bellini.

There is little doubt that Master Speaker would have gone very close granted better luck in-running, and he is able to race in this off an unchanged mark of 86.

That is 3lb lower than when last successful over course and distance, and the booking of Moore to do the steering suggests connections mean business.


14.05: Callender
14.40: Ceol An Ghra
15.15: Master Speaker (NB)
15.50: Endless Drama
16.25: Found (NAP)
17.00: Cassells Rock
17.35: US Army Ranger


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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.