Judicial connections consider Curragh run


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Connections of Judicial have confirmed that their charge could run at the Curragh in July as they go looking for a first Group-race victory.

The gelding has enjoyed a good campaign so far after three outings since the start of May.

The six-year-old opened his campaign with a second-placed finish in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket.

He then disappointed at Haydock after finishing eighth of 10 before then bouncing back in style last week after a superb run in Yorkshire.

Judicial won a strong conditions stakes by over two lengths at Beverley and now connections are aiming higher.

He beat Line Of Reason, Take Cover, El Astronaute and Robot Boy on good ground over five furlongs in the British EBF Conditions Stakes.

Sandown remains an option for the Coral Charge but the half-brother to top-class sprinter Marsha is also being considered for the Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh on July 22.

Assistant trainer Steve Brown told reporters: “He’s more relaxed this year and he’s clearly improving.

“He’s easier to ride this year and we now know a lot more about him. We’ll look at the Coral sprint at Sandown and he’s also entered in the Sapphire Stakes in Ireland.

“There’s also the City Walls Stakes at York and we could nip there, too. I think it’s fair to say we are a bit more aspirational this year.”

Judicial’s career has now spanned 25 races and a Group win would cap off a fine campaign for owners Elite Racing Club.

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