Guranteed set for bigger things following Curragh maiden success

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Guaranteed could be headed for the Group Two Futurity Stakes back at the Curragh after getting off the mark at the County Kildare track in the Club Godolphin Irish EBF Maiden.

Racegoers were treated to a thriller, as Jim Bolger’s youngster just got the better of Mount Tabora over the seven furlongs.

Guaranteed (4-1) set out to make all under Kevin Manning, but looked set to repeat his debut second over the course and distance when headed by Aidan O’Brien’s charge.

However, the son of Teofilo, a previous winner of this race, battled back bravely to score by a head.

“He has a bit of learning to do yet. He was green the last day and was still green today. He’s still a work in progress,” said Bolger.

“He’s in the Futurity and that’s a possibility. Bold Approach will run in the Tyros on Thursday (at Leopardstown) and we’ll be keeping them apart.”

Intisaab bounced back to form to land a valuable success in the Tote Scurry Handicap.

Out of luck in such hot races as the Wokingham at Royal Ascot and the Group Three Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle since winning at Haydock in May, David O’Meara’s seven-year-old came good in this Premier Handicap over six furlongs.

Intisaab (8-1) had been dropped 6lb in the ratings since that last success and it was enough to see him get back to winning ways.

Shepherd’s Purse made most of the early running down the near side until the race opened up in the last quarter-mile, with Ardhoomey putting in a strong bid.

But it was Intisaab, in the hands of Danny Tudhope, who held the aces to score by three-quarters of a length.

Ardhoomey was second with Gunmetal a length and a quarter away in third and Blairmayne fourth.

“That was great. He’s a very good horse. He won in Qatar this year, a very valuable race out there, and won a conditions race at Haydock, so he’s borderline better than handicap company at his best,” said O’Meara.

“He seems to like big fields and quick conditions to really show his best. That suited him down to the ground and the further he went in the race, the better he was looking.

“He could possibly come back here for Irish Champions Weekend. He was second in the Bold Lad here two years ago to David Barron’s New Bidder.”

Ice Cold In Alex (9-2) won for the first time since this meeting 12 months ago when taking the Extra.ie Handicap.

Ken Condon’s charge was brought with a strong run down the centre of the course by Niall McCullagh to beat Kailee by a neck, with Casimiro three-quarters of a length away third in a bunch finish.

“He’s been knocking on the door and he’s got just rewards for his consistency,” said Condon.

“He was second at Leopardstown and the last day here, on Derby weekend, he just got into a bit of a barging match and didn’t get to run his race.

“We said that day we’d wait for this. He likes the Curragh, likes level, fair tracks, and it’s great that all his connections are here to enjoy it.”

He added: “Seven or a mile is good for him and he actually won a five-furlong sprint here last year, so he’s quite versatile but just likes quick ground.

“He’s in again on Wednesday (at Naas) and we’ll see what the handicapper does. We’ll see how he comes out of it.

“Galway probably wouldn’t suit him. He likes galloping tracks and likes to come off a strong pace.”

Guranteed set for bigger things following Curragh maiden success
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