Curragh Horse Racing Tips – Wednesday, June 1
The action in Ireland on Wednesday centres around the Curragh’s seven-race Flat card, which features the Sky Bet Ebor trial. Our Irish horse racing expert has identified his top bets on the day which you can check out below.
Thunder Eclipse (6.45 Curragh) 4/1
The Sky Bet Junefest Handicap has attracted a competitive field and of the entrants, THUNDER ECLIPSE appeals most at the prices.
Fozzy Stack’s charge had some very smart juvenile form to his name last year behind the likes of Quick Suzy and The Acropolis and he has shown himself to have trained on sufficiently in two starts as a 3yo, building on a Navan Listed fifth when second at Naas last month.
That latest run came in a 6f handicap under today’s 10lb claimer Danny Gilligan. Thunder Eclipse was only beaten a short head that day having travelled powerfully into his race, and it was possible that Thunder Eclipse hit the front a little too soon that day. If held on for a little longer dropped back to the minimum trip this afternoon he can gain compensation.
Distant Chimes (7.15 Curragh) 14/1
The Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Handicap looks like a fascinating contest with plenty holding chances on the pick of their form. At a double-figure price, however, it is difficult to get away from the claims of DISTANT CHIMES, who was once a very progressive staying handicapper for Sir Mark Prescott.
The gelding has clearly had his issues, having missed over 950 days before making his stable debut at Gowran in April, but he has shown more than respectable form since returning, going agonisingly close in a Lady Riders Handicap at Leopardstown last month.
Going back up to 1m6f looks like a big plus for Distant Chimes, as does the presence of Wayne Lordan in the saddle. He’s unexposed on turf and looks almost certain to win races off a mark of 85, so there’s more than enough in his favour to put him up as the advised play.
Aratori (7.50 Curragh) 2/1
The best bet on the Curragh’s Wednesday card comes in the TRI Equestrian Maiden where ARATORI takes to the track for Eddie & Patrick Harty.
This filly by Caravaggio is the ninth foal out of Group 2 winner Kitty Matcham, herself out of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Imagine.
Aratori was sent off 25/1 for a 6f maiden here on debut 12 days ago, but she belied those odds to finish a neck second to the far more experienced My Eyes Adore You. Aratori was in front just after the line that day, so going up an extra furlong looks certain to suit, and that race experience is expected to have done her the world of good.
Chris Hayes maintains the partnership and he can steer this filly to victory on Wednesday.