Curragh tips for Saturday – Best bets on day two of the Irish Derby Festival
We give our Curragh tips for Saturday as the Irish Derby Festival continues into a second day.
Eight races go to post at the Curragh on Saturday including the feature Group One Irish Derby which gets underway at 7.15pm as the penultimate race on a classy racecard.
We’ve been in good form with our Irish racing tips in recent days and we look over the day’s Irish action with four Curragh tips for Saturday including one for the day’s main event.
CURRAGH TIPS FOR SATURDAY 27 JUNE
4:15 Curragh – Dubai Duty Free The Irish Village Irish EBF Maiden (3yo) 1m2f
DAYLIGHT COME offered plenty to work with in a promising debut at Naas last September and Jim Bolger’s charge ought to prove smarter now with that reappearance under his belt.
The Dawn Approach colt travelled well in that contest but showed her inexperience when asked for an effort. He kept on however to finish just a half-length third to Veleria Messalina who has since gone on to contest at Group level; while the runner-up has won twice since.
Three other winners have also come out of that race and this step up in trip on his reapperance looks a good move and with plenty of potential improvement to come he can take a forward step here to get off the mark at the second attempt.
5:15 Curragh – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Handicap (3yo) 6f
A competitive big-field handicap and the unexposed NULLIFIER gets the vote to add another win to his tally having made the breakthrough when last seen out at Navan in October.
Ger Lyons’ charge has shown marked progress with each of his three starts, running a solid debut sixth at Naas before improving to post a very good third behind Hong Kong back there over this trip. He ran out a ready winner when last seen beating Xian Express over the minimum trip and both the runner-up and third horses home have won since.
The in-form Lyons is operating at a 26% strike-rate with his runners in the past fortnight and his charge can continue to show progress stepping back up to six furlongs for his handicap debut where an initial mark of 84 could prove lenient and the No Nay Never colt can take advantage to double his winning score.
5:45 Curragh – Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Celebration Stakes (Listed Race) (4yo+) 1m
We put up BOWERMAN to win the Irish Lincolnshire recently and we’re sticking with the Dutch Art gelding to continue his progress and register another success back at this level.
A three-time winner for Roger Varian, he’s now with Adrian McGuinness for whom he has struck in four of his last six starts including on that winning reappearance over course and distance when readily scoring over Colfer Me, posting a near-three lengths’ verdict in the process and overcoming an unfavourable draw.
He had previously got to within a length of Volfango in a French Listed contest on the all-weather; but he had been thought good enough to be tried in a Group Three contest last campaign and he could yet have more to offer back in this higher grade.
Having won with something to spare two weeks ago on his first outing of the new season, he can progress again and if maintaining his current spell of form then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be involved again in the finish.
7:15 Curragh – Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (Entire Colts & Fillies) (3yo) 1m4f
Aidan O’Brien saddles six in the latest renewal of the Irish Derby as the Ballydoyle trainer bids for win number 14 in the contest and to follow up Sovereign’s success twelve months ago for the yard.
Two of the first three in the betting hail from the Ballydoyle camp and ARTHUR’S KINGDOM might prove the pick of the bunch. The Camelot colt should come on for his recent reappearance at Royal Ascot when finding only one too good in the King Edward VII Stakes.
Runner-up in three of his four juvenile starts, he won at Gowran Park over one mile last October prior to stepping up in trip and finishing three-lengths’ second to Mkfancy in the Group One Criterium De Saint-Cloud. He then made his return in that Ascot contest where he proved no match for the winner but was clear of the rest including stablemate Mogul and he could improve for the outing.
First-time cheekpieces are deployed now which could also prove a catalyst for better to come and while stablemate Santiago looks the one to beat, he should nevertheless throw down a big challenge to the likely favourite and he can get involved.