Irish Horse Racing Tips – Best Bets on the Curragh’s Group 1 Saturday Card

Irish Horse Racing Tips. Saturday's selections come from the Curragh's Phoenix Stakes card.Irish Horse Racing Tips. Saturday's selections come from the Curragh's Phoenix Stakes card.

Irish Horse Racing Tips – Saturday, August 6

The main action in Ireland on Saturday comes from the Curragh, which hosts an eight-race Flat card that includes the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes. Our Irish horse racing expert has identified his top bets on the day which you can check out below.


Castle Star (3.15 Curragh) 9/2

The Group 3 Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes plays a supporting role to the Phoenix Stakes on Saturday, and fourth in the feature event 12 months ago, CASTLE STAR can gain compensation with victory in this contest.

Fozzy Stack’s colt was one of the best juveniles around last season, claiming Group 3 honours over this course and distance before running creditable races in defeat both in the Phoenix and in the Middle Park at Newmarket.

He was well below his best in the Sapphire Stakes on seasonal return, but he travelled through that race like he’d retained all of his ability before just fading out of things late on.

That outing should have brought him on plenty, and getting back over this 6f trip looks a big plus for his chances. His stable has had a relatively quiet season up to now, but they sent out a winner at Sligo on Wednesday and their runner prior had also performed well, so they may now be coming into a bit of form.

Irish Horse Racing Tips. Second in the Phoenix Stakes on this card last year, Castle Star can go one better on Saturday.

Irish Horse Racing Tips. Fourth in the Phoenix Stakes on this card last year, Castle Star (left) can go a few spots better on Saturday.


Janoobi (3.45 Curragh) 5/2

Big Baby Bull has performed well since joining this yard and may well have won at Galway last time but for interference.

Whilst he’s respected, he’s currently 0-10 in handicaps off marks of 89 or higher (best finish third) and preference instead for the Sheehy Motors Volkswagen Handicap goes to the lightly-raced JANOOBI.

A former Shadwell runner, this colt ran only once for those connections, bumping into Royal Ascot winner Eldar Eldarov in a Nottingham maiden last October.

Picked up for 85,000 guineas subsequently, Janoobi built on a respectable stable debut Leopardstown second to bolt up at odds of 1/8F in a weak Cork maiden when last seen in May.

We learnt very little that we didn’t already know about Janooobi there but on his penultimate run, he had finished over 3l ahead of the now 98-rated Point Gellibrand (met on level terms) and that Nottingham run behind Eldar Eldarov is also a smart piece of form.

Those efforts suggest that an opening handicap mark of 90 could underestimate Janoobi, and although he’s been withdrawn on account of good to firm ground previously, this surface should be fine for him.


One Sweet Day (4.55 Curragh) 16/1

The Curragh’s penultimate Saturday race is the Donohue Marquees Handicap, which looks a fairly modest event on paper.

The 3yo Superior Force is interesting for Amo Racing, but the vote instead goes to ONE SWEET DAY.

Willie Browne’s filly looked one to keep on the right side of when bolting up in a Cork maiden around this time last year. A subsequent brief spell in France didn’t work out, and she was chucked in at the deep end (sent off 150/1) for a Listed race on seasonal/stable return.

One Sweet Day’s sights were lowered significantly for a 5f handicap here last month, and she caught the eye that day in finishing fifth, travelling powerfully through her race before just getting outpaced in the dash for the line.

One Sweet Day kept on quite nicely there under minimal pressure from her rider Wayne Lordan, who retains the partnership, shaping as though she’ll appreciate stepping back up to this 6f trip – her impressive Cork maiden victory gained over this distance.

Irish Horse Racing Tips. Wayne Lordan can ride One Sweet Day to win at the Curragh on Saturday.

Irish Horse Racing Tips. Wayne Lordan can ride One Sweet Day to win at the Curragh on Saturday.