The 7-race Curragh meeting that gets underway at 1.45 on Sunday is certainly shaped up to be the highlight of the day’s racing, featuring both the Tattersalls Gold Cup and the Irish 1,000 Guineas.
Aiden O’Brien will be hoping for a similar day to yesterday, where he saddled Coach House and Magician to victory.
Camelot leads the betting for Aiden O’Brien in what is expected to be another warm up for him as he prepares for Royal Ascot. His reappearance wasn’t quite a match of his usual standards, but after being out with injury problems, it was a comfortable victory which saw today’s opponent Negotiate 8l behind. Stan James offer the best price of 2/5 for the favourite.
The only real competitor, Al Kazeem looked good at Sandown last month when cruising to victory on his seasonal debut and is sure to give the favourite a difficult time, although he probably won’t have enough. He is 11/4 best price with Boylesports and Paddy Power, among others.
The 1,000 Guineas follows that, in what is expected to be a thrilling race, packed full of phenomenal potential. The UK 1,000 Guineas runner-up, Just The Judge is favourite to get back to winning ways here after losing out to Sky Lantern at Newmarket last month and has what it takes to see off this field. Boylesports go 10/3 for her to regain winning form.
Viztoria won in fine style at Curragh on her reappearance as well as beating Snow Queen with ease here back in October. She should put pressure on the favourite and is in with a good chance if coping with the ground.
Harasiya and Big Break are another two who come here on the back of fine runs, with Maureen also expected to improve on her Newmarket run. All three symbolise some decent value in this exceptional renewal.
Leading Light is the favoured of O’Brien’s two entries, as well as the market leader for the Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes. He was superb when bolting to victory at Tipperary last time, indicating that he can win this and go on to better things. William Hill and Ladbrokes both offer 6/5 for him. Deegan’s Sruthan steps up in trip, but his latest win over Fortify suggests he can only improve. Little White Cloud and Count Of Limonade are others likely to feature at good value.
Al Hibaab should run well in the 17.05, whilst Regal Power and Rummaging both present extremely fine value in the 16.30. O’Brien has won the first race of the day for the last two years and Sir John Hawkins leads the betting for him once again. Justification and Aladdins Cave are eye-catching in the wide open Irish Daily Mail Handicap, whilst Lake Nova and Orator should give good accounts in the last.
For those looking to bet elsewhere, Fontwell, Kelso and Uttoxeter also offer decent racing from 2pm through until 6pm.
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