Horses To Follow » Dance Jupiter

Dance Jupiter

Dance Jupiter didn’t have a lot of luck in-running in the one-mile handicap at The Curragh on Saturday. Slowly away and dropped in early from stall one, they didn’t go a great pace and he was keen enough early on. As well as that, the field didn’t get stretched out too much early on, with the result that racing room was at a premium in the closing stages. No better than 10th as they passed the three-furlong marker, and trapped along the inside with lots of horses in front of him, he navigated his way through traffic a little but it was all very tight. By the time he got into the clear, Carrytheone was finishing off his race strongly, momentum up, down the outside. Dance Jupiter kept on well to take third place, but he could have been closer with a clearer run.

It was a good performance by the winner, who won well on this, his first run back after he was hampered and crashed through the rail in a handicap at The Curragh in early August. He should progress from this, but so should Dance Jupiter. The Kingsbarns gelding beat Patrick Sarsfield in a maiden at Cork last October when he was with John Kiely, and he was subsequently acquired by Patrick Sarsfield’s owner Mrs Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez, before Patrick Sarsfield went on his winning run, rising from a mark of 86 to a mark of 114, and finishing third in a Group 1 race in Germany.

Dance Jupiter raced once before Saturday for his new owner and new trainer Joseph O’Brien, he ran a most encouraging race in finishing second to the progressive Teed Up on heavy ground at Galway earlier this month. This was another encouraging performance, and it shouldn’t be long before he is winning again. He has raced just four times, he has plenty of scope to progress, and his mark of 92 looks well within range.

The Curragh, 26th September 2020

©, 28th September 2020