2019 Irish Cesarewitch tips – 9/1 and 12/1 tips in Sunday’s big handicap at the Curragh

Our expert has taken a look through the betting for Sunday’s main event at the Curragh and picked out two handicappers to back.

The day after Newmarket hands out their own Cesarewitch trophy, the Curragh stages their own version of that staying handicap and Sunday’s renewal has attracted an excellent cast of entrants. Our expert has taken a good look through the large field and highlighted two horses to back each-way in Sunday’s most lucrative contest.

2019 Irish Cesarewitch Handicap Tips

Although older horses haven’t got the greatest recent record in this handicap, with nine of the last ten winners aged between three and five, I really fancy the chances of DALTON HIGHWAY for Irish flat supremo, Dermot Weld.

National Hunt experience can often prove valuable in staying handicaps on the flat – not least because the Irish Cesarewitch starts with a flag start – and Dalton Highway ran three times over hurdles during the early stages of the year. On his return to flat racing at the end of May, Weld’s charge finished powerfully to win a 15K handicap over course-and-distance here at the Curragh.

A narrow defeat to English Cesarewitch contender, Great White Shark followed at Galway and Weld turned Dalton Highway out just five days later at the same festival, where he finished fifth in another strong staying handicap. Andrew Slattery’s mount then clashed with Sunday’s favourite, David’s Charm at Killarney, where he went down by just a length.

The gap between the two in the weights will be similar on Sunday, but Dalton Highway boasts some valuable winning form around this tricky track – something David’s Charm doesn’t have – so I see no reason why Weld’s contender can’t turn the tables on the market leader. Dalton Highway offers plenty of each-way value at 9/1.


Baba Boom bolts up at Galway in 2018.


Two trainers to by wary of in any handicap – over both flat and jumps – are Willie Mullins and AJ Martin, and both will throw a couple of dangerous runners into Sunday’s race. That being said, I was very impressed with BABA BOOM’S return run at Galway back in July and I think Johnny Murtagh has had his four-year-old laid out with this race in mind.

Baba Boom progressed nicely as he was stepped up in trip during his three-year-old campaign. Handicap victories at Limerick and Fairyhouse were followed by a lucrative victory at the 2018 Galway Festival, where Baba Boom romped to an impressive three-length victory under Shane Foley.

There must have been a set-back behind the scene’s that stopped Murtagh bringing Baba Boom back at a more conventional time this season. As it was, the four-year-old didn’t make his reappearance until the Galway Festival, where Baba Boom took to two miles nicely, staying on gamely down the stretch to finish sixth behind Great White Shark.

I really like the Galway form-line when it comes to handicaps at the Curragh, as both course share many unique similarities. Baba Boom will be fresher than most of the rivals he will face on Sunday and he’s perfectly entitled to come on again following his first outing in almost a year. It’s a risk, but 12/1 looks a lovely price to me.