Lexus Melbourne Cup (G1) hero Twilight Payment races for the first time since that epic triumph but he could have plenty on his plate with Broome in the line-up for the Coolmore Sottsass Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes (G2).
Broome, trained by Aidan O’Brien, finished fourth in the 2019 Investec Derby (G1) before going missing last season but has redeemed himself this season with listed and group 3 wins and arrives here with confidence sky high.
Twilight Payment became Joseph O’Brien’s second Melbourne Cup winner and clearly has a big season ahead of him but 10 furlongs is probably a bit sharp for him.
Heavy rain is forecast for the Curragh on Monday and, if it arrives, Noel Meade, Ado McGuinness, and Willie McCreery won’t be complaining.
Up Helly Aa, trained by McCreery, would be the chief beneficiary and he comes into this race off the back of an improved effort when third to Broome in the Holden Plant Rental Alleged Stakes (G1) with a first-time visor.
Helvic Dream and Saltonstall go well on soft ground as well and their chances of giving Broome a race will be greatly increased if the terrain turns testing.
Ancient Spirit, who has been campaigned largely over one mile but has form over this sort of trip, shouldn’t be ignored but Broome is the class act and should win if he runs to form.