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Curragh Sunday tips 21 July - Race-by-race selections for day two of Irish Oaks weekend

Brian Healy 21 Jul 2019
It is day two of the Irish Oaks weekend at the Curragh on Sunday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for the second day racecard at the Curragh as the Irish Oaks weekend draws to a close.

Sunday sees the second day of the Irish Oaks meeting go to post at the Curragh, and following on from the thrills of the opening day where Star Catcher won an enthralling renewal of the fillies’ Classic, Sunday will see another eight races take place on day two at the premier Irish track.

The feature races of Sunday see the Group Two Kilboy Estate Stakes and the Group Two Sapphire Stakes both go to post on another competitive racecard which also includes some competitive handicap action.

2:00 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6f
2:35 - Killashee Hotel Nursery Handicap (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6f
3:10 - Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes (Group 2) (3yo+) 5f
3:45 - Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+) 1m1f
4:20 - Ticket Offers At curragh.ie Handicap (3yo+ 45-75) 6½f
4:55 - Irish Injured Jockeys Fund Maiden (3yo+) 1m4f
5:30 - Curragh Summer Festival Handicap (3yo+) 2m
6:00 - Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series (3yo+) 1m4f

Brian Healy looks at the day two racecard at the Curragh, and he gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for all eight races on Sunday’s day two racecard.

2:00 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6f


Blissful will find this easier than the Albany Stakes she contested last time, while Jim Bolger has won two of the last four renewals of this race and his Na Blianta Beo has to be respected. However, TASALKA (6/1, Bet365) gets the vote to make a winning debut and justfify her entries in some top competitions down the line.

Dermot Weld’s Lope De Vega filly is related to a smart winning family, and she has been presumedly showing plenty at home given she holds an entry in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes later in the season.

She makes plenty of appeal on paper, and market support on her debut could prove significant. She could be a smart prospect, and it wouldn’t come as a huge shock to see her getting competitive here on her racecourse debut.

2:35 - Killashee Hotel Nursery Handicap (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6f


COOL VIXEN (11/10, Bet365) looks hard to oppose in this contest, having made a winning debut at Naas earlier in the month; Jessica Harrington’s charge can build on that experience to make it 2-2 and the Dandy Man filly makes her handicap debut here.

She was a ready winner over Punita Arora in that first outing, scoring by just over two lengths, and the runner-up has since boosted the form. 

She now goes handicapping from a mark which could underestimate her potential for improvement, and while she has to give away weight all round in this contest she could prove a tough nut to crack taking on some more exposed rivals here.

3:10 - Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes (Group 2) (3yo+) 5f


SOLDIER’S CALL (11/4, Coral) was among the leading juvenile sprinters last term, winning four of his eight starts last term which included the Group Two Flying Childers at Doncaster before getting to within a neck of Mabs Cross in the Prix De L’’Abbaye next time.

The Showcasing colt contested at the Breeders’ Cup meeting in November, finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint; and both runs back this term haven’t been without promise.

He was latterly beaten just three lengths behind Blue Point in the King’s Stand Stakes, crossing the line in third, and that form is working out well with the winner going on to win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, while the fifth horse home found only Ten Sovereigns too strong in the July Cup last weekend.

The highest rated in this field, a repeat of that Ascot run ought to make him very hard to beat easing back slightly in grade from the Group One he contested last time out, and he can get back to winning ways in a competitive sprint contest.

3:45 - Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+) 1m1f


William Haggas’ MOVE SWIFTLY (4/6, Bet365) can make a successful raid on this Group Two prize, and the Farhh filly can progress on the back of her reappearance success at Ascot last month when winning the Duke Of Cambridges Stakes.

A winner of three of her first four outings, including at Goodwood, she collected a trio of silver medals following those wins, which include going close behind Bella Ragazza at Newmarket. 

However, she showed she had improved significantly for the transition from two to three years, winning a shade readily in the valuable Group Two prize during the Royal meeting,and the form has been significantly franked by the the fourth who won a Group One next time.

She sets a very stiff standard on the form of that reappearance, and perhaps ominously she could improve significantly for the run which was her first of the season. While she has to give weight away all round, she is the highest rated in the field and she could prove a tough nut to crack in this contest.

4:20 - Ticket Offers At curragh.ie Handicap (3yo+ 45-75) 6½f


Gavin Cromwell’s runners can do little wrong at present, and BABY POWER (9/1, William Hill) can make it three wins in her last four starts with success in this competitive contest.

The Frozen Power mare was a winner here in May, beating Polly Douglas in a big field, after which she wasn’t seen to best effect in a start at Naas. She quickly bounced back from that defeat though, scoring over Tai Sing Yeh back at Naas in an apprentices’ contest by three-parts of a length and appearing to do the job readily.

He has been upped 5lbs for that success, but his young rider can utilise his full claim here so he is effectively racing off the same mark as when successful last time which certainly makes her interesting at the weights.

The draw shouldn’t be an issue, and given his yard’s excellent spell of form, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the six-year old deliver another bold performance and with course winning form to call upon she can go close to another win.


4:55 - Irish Injured Jockeys Fund Maiden (3yo+) 1m4f


RAYOUNPOUR (3/1, Bet365) has shaped well on both of his two starts to date, shaping as if in need of the experience when finishing fourth at Navan on debut and then showing improved form although still looking a bit raw when finishing in the same position at Cork next time.

Mick Halford’s Cape Cross colt was beaten around four lengths behind Mackqeez, keeping on without mounting a serious challenge to the winner. However, he gave the impression that a stiffer test of stamina might be of benefit so this extra quarter-mile could well elicit some improvement.

He is open to progress and is still unexposed, so with the potential for better still over the longer trip he can get off the mark now.

5:30 - Curragh Summer Festival Handicap (3yo+) 2m


TROSSACHS (2/1, Ladbrokes) is going from strength to strength, racking up a hat-trick of wins at Limerick, here and Leopardstown latterly where he ran out a five lengths’ winner over Moktamel.

Jim Bolger’s New Approach colt has looked a classy stayer in the making, storming clear from the furlong pole last time out to win readily and the longer trip could well elicit even more improvement. 

The handicapper has had his say for that win last time out, hitting him with a big rise in the weights; however, she hinted at even better still to come latest, and she won with such authority which suggested she had more in the locker.

She didn’t appear to be stopping over 1m5f last time, so the longer trip could suit and she may prove a tough nut to crack so every chance she can extend her winning run to four.

6:00 - Corinthian Challenge Charity Race Series (3yo+) 1m4f


Not a race to get too seriously involved in, and PEARL WARRIOR (SP) is only a tentative selection to win the finale on Irish Oaks weekend.

Johnny Murtagh’s charge had gone close in earlier runs at Cork and Fairyhouse prior to running fifth upped in trip at Bellewstown latest behind Dinard Rose.

The Dunaden gelding perhaps didn’t stay the longer trip that day, and dropping back to a more suitable distance he could be capable of a better run here if bouncing back to the level of form of either of his runner-up efforts.

CURRAGH SUNDAY TIPS 21 JULY - RACE-BY-RACE SELECTIONS


2:00 - TASALKA (6/1, Bet365)

2:35 - COOL VIXEN (11/10, Bet365)

3:10 - SOLDIER’S CALL (11/4, Coral)

3:45 - MOVE SWIFTLY (4/6, Bet365)

4:20 - BABY POWER (9/1, William Hill)

4:55 - RAYOUNPOUR (3/1, Bet365)

5:30 - TROSSACHS (2/1, Ladbrokes)

6:00 - PEARL WARRIOR (SP)

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Curragh Sunday tips 21 July - Race-by-race selections for day two of Irish Oaks weekend

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for the second day racecard at the Curragh as the Irish Oaks weekend draws to a close.

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