Curragh Sunday racing tips – Best bets for Sunday’s Irish racing
We give our Curragh Sunday racing tips for a quality racecard at the premier Irish horse racing track.
While four fixtures head to post on Sunday in the UK, there is an excellent racecard also taking place in Ireland at the Curragh and an eight-race card is spearheaded by the Tattersalls Gold Cup where the top-class mare Magical will bid for a second successive win in the race.
The card in Ireland also features two premier handicap contests and some competitive maiden and novices’ action. We’ve taken a look at the card and give our Curragh Sunday racing tips and best bets at the meeting.
CURRAGH SUNDAY RACING TIPS 26 JULY
2:20 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6f
PALIFICO posted a solid debut performance in finishing runner-up over this course and distance last month and the Siyouni filly can build on that experience to go one place better here.
Jessica Harrington’s charge was beaten only a neck in that first run, leading in the last half-furlong only to be run down late by the eventual winner. That form took a boost when the fifth horse home won next time out.
Sure to improve for the experience, she can get off the mark at the second attempt and she should make her presence felt for her top yard which continues in decent fettle.
3:30 Curragh – Mongey Communications Handicap (Premier Handicap) (4yo+) 1m2f
WINNER TAKES ITALL is lightly raced in this sphere and Joseph O’Brien’s charge fairly bolted up on his return to the flat at Gowran Park last month, beating Yenillik by just over four lengths and the Nathaniel gelding looks worth siding with over this slightly stiffer test on his handicap debut.
A Listowel hurdles winner, he has had just three starts on the flat, two of which came here and he ran well on both occasions. He was good value for his first win on the level last month where he always travelled well and readily put the race to bed. That form looks very decent with the third winning since as well as finishing runner-up in a Listed race and a mark of 88 switching to a handicap may prove lenient.
With a top claiming rider taking off 3lbs, he looks to have an obvious chance and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a bold bid where he could prove ahead of the assessor.
4:40 Curragh – Into Kildare “We Care In Kildare” Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo) 5f
BIG GOSSEY is going the right way and the Gutaifan gelding arrives here in search of a hat-trick of successes having struck wins at Dundalk over this distance and also over six furlongs here latest on his return from a break.
Charles O’Brien’s charge was returning from little over six months off the track when beating Flaming Moon by a half-length here last month, showing a good attitude to get up close to the line and with that run now under his belt he could improve to follow up.
It was also his first handicap start and he remains unexposed enough to think that he can defy a subsequent 8lbs rise in the weights given his potential for better still. He probably needs a shade more here, but he may well find it and he can go close.
5:45 Curragh – Old Vic Gallop Handicap (4yo+ 70-100) 5f
INFLECTION POINT has improved for the switch to handicapping since joining this yard from Ger Lyons and the Invincible Spirit gelding can keep his progression going with a follow up win to his recent breakthrough success at Bellewstown earlier this month.
Kieran Cotter’s charge latterly ran out a four lengths’ winner over King Of Stars, appearing to revel in making all the running over the minimum distance and finding plenty in front to register a cosy win. That form doesn’t look too shabby with the third horse home winning next time and he can improve again to make his presence felt.
He’s unlikely to get an uncontested lead here as there are a couple of confirmed front-runners in opposition; but he looks worth chancing to keep his winning run going despite the handicapper’s reaction to that last-time win.