The Renaissance Stakes (Sunday 2.50) is a 6-furlong group-3 race run at the Curragh. It gained its group-3 status in 1998, and was reduced from its original distance of 7-furlongs in 2001.
Aidan O’Brien, Jim Bolger and Eddie Lynam are the only trainers to have won the race before with runners this year, whilst Chris Hayes, Sean Foley and Pat Smullen are the only jockeys with rides to have won the race before.
9 Runners are set to line-up for the 2016 Renaissance Stakes
Gordon Lord Byron
Tom Hogan’s grand old servant won a group-2 over course and distance earlier in the season, but has to carry a 5lb penalty for that. He’s also been in poor form on his last few runs. Dangerous if back to form, though stable not in the best of form.
Group-3 winner over 7-furlongs here, and twice runner-up over course and distance in Listed and group-3 races this year. Another not at his best on his last few runs though, and stable is on the cold-list.
Would have an excellent chance on his third in the King’s Stand earlier this season, but has finished no better than tenth on his last 4 runs. Stable in much better form now though, and surely wouldn’t be coming here if he wasn’t in form.
Seldom at his best at the Curragh, including when fifth in a course and distance group-2 last time. Also held by The Happy Prince on their form earlier in the season.
The Happy Prince
Becoming more consistent with racing, though his Curragh form not as good as some other courses. Ryan Moore rides, but he’s currently 0/5 on him.
Fort Del Oro
Highly regarded by last year’s winning trainer, but not progressed as expected this tear so far. Has won 3 Listed races, but failed at group-level on all tries.
Beaten 5-lengths on last two starts, but they were behind Ayr Gold Cup winner Brando and in the Haydock Sprint Cup. Stable very much in form, and interesting.
Least exposed runner after just 4 runs, and this listed winner at two has had just one run this year. Not got the form yet, but interesting if there’s money for him.
Looked a filly of real potential last year, but has failed to take her opportunities in Listed races of late. Stable looking for even easier pickings, but not sure it’s found them.
Renaissance Stakes Summary
The likes of Gordon Lord Byron and Flight Risk have the form in the book but their stables are out of form, whilst Goken needs to find his early season form to win, and La Rioja hasn’t looked as good as she did last year. Therefore, it may be worth taking a chance on Jane’s Memory as her fifth in the Sprint Cup is the best recent piece of form on offer, and her stable is very much in form.