Thursday, 11th Jun 2020
Search For A Song developed into a top class performer last season, so can land the spoils in the extended 1m 2f Group 2 Mooresbridge Stakes now down in trip at The Curragh on Friday evening (19:45).
Trained by Dermot Weld for Moyglare Stud, the four-year-old Galileo filly ran a string of fine races. She only needed a hands and heels ride to win her maiden over about this trip on debut at Fairyhouse.
Off the back of that, Search For A Song stepped up into Listed company and finished runner-up to Trethias in the Oaks Trial at Naas.
She turned the tables, however, when fourth in the Irish Oaks over 1m 4f here. That Classic form has substance as the winner, Star Catcher, landed two further Group 1s in the autumn.
Manuela De Vega, who finished 1 1/2 lengths behind Search For A Song in fifth, came out and won the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock this season.
Iridessa, seventh in the Irish Oaks, scored major successes on Irish Champions Weekend and at the Breeders’ Cup. Search For A Song has done plenty to advertise the form herself by winning both of her subsequent starts.
The first of those came when she was eased considerably in grade for a Listed victory at York’s Ebor Festival. That set Search For A Song up for a crack at the Irish St Leger. Stepping up in trip brought out the best in her.
Getting lumps of weight from subsequent Long Distance Cup hero and previous English Classic winner Kew Gardens, 2018 Melbourne Cup and 2019 Dubai Gold Cup victory Cross Counter and other colts, Search For A Song Triumphed.
There should be plenty more to come from her after just five career starts. Search For A Song remains open to further progress.
Now down in trip, it’s interesting that Weld and the owners run a potential pacemaker in the Mooresbridge Stakes. Maria Christina has an official rating of more than three stone inferior to Search For A Song.
That suggests connections have a plan to get the best out of her. While it is a little surprising that Search For A Song lines up here and not at Royal Ascot for the Gold Cup, she will stay when others tire.
The suggestion is to trust in her and whatever the wily Weld is trying to pull off. Search For A Song can add another string to her bow with victory in the Mooresbridge Stakes.
Ballydoyle maestro Aidan O’Brien has won this race a record 11 times. That makes sole representative Fleeting of interest, especially as she finished ahead of Search For A Song in the Irish Oaks.
This four-year-old daughter of Zoffany didn’t get her head in front in eight starts last season, however. Fleeting did run a number of good races in defeat, though.
After finding the 1000 Guineas too sharp having got a mile as a juvenile, she ran third in The Oaks on Epsom Downs and chased home Star Catcher in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Aoyal Ascot.
Fleeting has a nasty habit of finding trouble in-running which makes her job of winning that much harder. That is precisely what happened to her on both of those occasions.
It was a similar story later in the season in the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera on Arc weekend at Longchamp. Fleeting went down by a short-neck after briefly running into traffic.
A gap closed on her in the fillies and mares’ race on British Champions Day where she could only be fourth. Punters have put their faith in Fleeting time and again, but with little reward.
Despite the fact she was five lengths in front of Search For A Song in their last meeting, she is taken on. Fleeting should find this field pretty competitive for Group 2 standards, so it’s not as big an ease in grade as it seems.
Trainer Jessica Harrington has seen her yard among the winners since Irish racing restarted, so Leo De Fury has each-way claims.
This four-year-old Australia colt won his first two starts last term on a sound surface. Both were easy five lengths victories and suggested he was above average.
Connections tried Leo De Fury over further without success, so the extended 1m 2f of the Mooresbridge Stakes might be his trip.
He was just held by a head here in the Group 3 Royal Whip by Buckhurst. The winner lost out by the narrowest of margins in a photo finish during the week on reappearance.
With that form confirmed next time up over 1m 4f, dropping back in trip looks a plus for Leo De Fury. The very soft going at Longchamp for the Group 2 Prix Dollar on Arc weekend went against him last time out.
After just six career starts, he should still have more progress in him. Now running on better ground, he could be worth chancing to make the frame.
Leo De Fury is much less exposed than the Joseph O’Brien trained Latrobe. Therefore, he looks an each-way bet with good place prospects for the Mooresbridge Stakes.