MINSTREL STAKES: SHAMROCK’s Sunday NAP runs in the Group 2 Qatar Airways Minstrel Stakes over seven furlongs at the Curragh.

The Curragh continues this afternoon alongside Sligo.

Best bet for me runs in the Qatar Airways Minstrel Stakes at 3.45pm.

The remarkable Gordon Lord Byron bids for a hat-trick in the race and there is a UK raiding party but I want to stick with the Aidan O’Brien trained Spirit of Valor.

O’Brien saddles three in the race but it’s Spirit of Valor that appeals most after his brilliant run in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot where he failed by a neck to beat Le Brivido having gone off an unconsidered 66/1 chance.

He had previously been highly tried – finishing well beaten in both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas and it might just be that seven furlongs on fast ground are his optimum conditions.

Dutch Connection drops a level having been running at Group 1 level and looks the biggest danger.

NAP: Spirit Of Valor (3.45 Curragh)

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