Irish racing best bets – Sunday Curragh racing tips on Irish 1000 Guineas day
Sunday Curragh racing tips
The Curragh is the only place to be on Sunday where it is Irish 1000 Guineas day at the premier Irish venue; we’ve picked out our Sunday Curragh racing tips and best bets on the card.
All the attention in Ireland on Sunday will fall on the Curragh where it is Irish 1000 Guineas day and the turn of the fillies to bid for Classic glory 24 hours on from the colts’ Classic on Saturday where Jim Bolger saddled the first two home.
In addition to the day’s feature race there is further Group One action with the Tattersalls Gold Cup and also a Group Three with the Gallinule Stakes on a top quality racecard.
We’ve looked through the day’s racecard where eight races head to post to pick out our Sunday Curragh racing tips and best bets.
IRISH RACING BEST BETS – SUNDAY CURRAGH RACING TIPS ON IRISH 1000 GUINEAS DAY
2:05 Curragh – Heider Family Stables Gallinule Stakes (Group 3) (3yo) 1m2f
ERZINDJAN can get back to winning ways here upped in trip having shaped as if this longer distance might bring about some improvement when last seen finishing runner-up to Maker Of Kings in the Group Three Amethyst Stakes earlier in the month.
Dermot Weld’s charge had won on testing ground on his second career start at Cork last August and having looked in need of the run on his reappearance struck in the mud at Gowran Park so these conditions will certainly hold no fears for the Lope De Vega colt who might have found the quicker ground last time just going against him.
That form has been franked with the fourth horse home winning a Listed race since and with the potential for better over this stiffer test he can improve again to get back on the scoresheet here.
2:40 Curragh – Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) (4yo+) 1m2½f
BROOME is on a roll coming into this contest having won his last three starts and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can continue on his upward curve to land a first Group One success.
A dual-winner back in 2019 prior to a good fourth in the Epsom Derby he didn’t have the best of 2020 campaigns where he struggled in his two outings including behind Trueshan in the Stayers’ Championship at Ascot.
However the Australia colt has returned this term with the bit between his teeth, winning all three starts at this trip which includes twice over course and distance; the most recent of those came when beating Helvic Dream by two lengths in the Mooresbridge Stakes and he could have more to offer.
This course and distance clearly suits him well and he’s the choice of Ryan Moore of the Ballydoyle trio so it would be no surprise to see him strike another win here and make the Group One breakthrough.
3:15 Curragh – Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Fillies) (3yo) 1m
There is a slight doubt about FEV ROVER’s ability to handle this ground given both of his wins last term came on much quicker conditions; but Richard Fahey’s charge can get back to winning ways if proving effective in the mud and the Gutaifan filly can build on a promising return third in the Qipco 1000 Guineas behind Mother Earth.
She did finish runner-up to Dandalla last term in soft ground at Newmarket prior to her two wins which included a French Group Two after which she ran with credit on heavy ground behind Tiger Tanaka in the Prix Marcel Boussac.
Wearing first-time cheekpieces at Newmarket earlier in the month she was beaten just over one length in the fillies’ Classic there, racing keenly but keeping on well to bag the bronze medal. The winner has run well since in defeat in the French 1000 Guineas to give the form a boost and likely to be sharper with that outing under her belt she could take a big step forward here.
Assuming the soft ground doesn’t pose too much of a negative then it isn’t hard to see the Musley Bank raider in the mix and she can improve on past form to take Classic glory.
3:50 Curragh – Betway Handicap (4yo+) 1m2f
ALGHAZAAL might be worth an interest to get back to winning ways here having run well on his reappearance at Dundalk over further when runner-up to Thunder Kiss and Kevin Prendergast’s charge can go one better here.
The Teofilo gelding is lightly raced and posted a career-best effort at the same course and distance last October when getting off the mark with a narrow defeat of Wilderness where he scored by a short-head.
Both the runner-up and third horse home have won since and he should strip fitter for his recent reappearance as he returns to turf and dropping back to ten furlongs. The sharper test might not be altogether ideal given he looked a stayer last time, but this may develop into a slog and his proven stamina for further could win the day should this become a stamina test in the conditions.
4:20 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Habitat’ Handicap (3yo+) 1m
LAYFAYETTE was on very good terms with himself last term and the French Navy gelding has continued the good work this term, winning on his return over this course and distance and Noel Meade’s charge can strike again.
A winner over ten furlongs at Naas last August he twice made the frame thereafter over that trip and beyond which included the October Handicap at Leopardstown where he ran out a comfortable winner over Haparanda.
Following five months off he returned to readily dispatch Maker Of Kings, showing a good turn of foot to take up the running in the last half-furlong and seeing the race out well. The cheekpieces he wore on that occasion may have helped deliver another jolt of improvement and if the headgear has the same positive effect again here then he ought to remain competitive despite a 6lbs rise in the weights for that win.
Open to further progress he can maintain his good spell of form and no surprise to see him win again.