Horses To Follow » Rosscarbery


Rosscarberry put up a fine performance to finish second behind Emily Dickinson in the Group 2 Curragh Cup at The Curragh last Saturday. Always travelling well through her race for Billy Lee, she moved up on the outside of the leaders on the run into the home straight, travelling like the most likely winner. Still on the bridle as they passed the two-furlong marker, she moved easily into the lead and picked up well. She came under a ride on the run to the furlong marker and, in the end, she was run down by Emily Dickinson, but it was still a really good performance against a filly with superior stamina.

Emily Dickinson is top class over a stayer’s trip on soft ground, and that is what she had here. While Rosscarbery has won over a mile and six furlongs – she just beat Emily Dickinson in the Stanerra Stakes at Leopardstown last year – she is probably at her best when there isn’t such an emphasis on stamina. Paddy Twomey’s filly had the pace to win over a mile and over 10 furlongs, and to go down by just a neck in a Group 1 race over 10 furlongs. She will be of interest now when there is more of an emphasis on pace than stamina. She holds an entry in the Yorkshire Oaks at York’s Ebor meeting later this month, and she will be of interest if she takes her chance in that.
The Curragh, 22nd July 2023