Saturday tips for the Curragh – Irish horse racing best bets
Saturday tips at the Curragh
With one meeting heading to post in Ireland we’ve picked out our Saturday tips for the Curragh on the flat.
Saturday’s Irish horse racing action comes from the card at the Curragh where eight races await punters on what promises to be a quality racecard featuring two Grade Three contests.
We could see some possible Classic contenders in action on the day’s racecard and we’ve looked over the action in Ireland to pick out our Saturday tips for the Curragh and best bets on the card.
IRISH HORSE RACING BEST BETS – SATURDAY TIPS FOR THE CURRAGH
2:00 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race (2yo) 5f
This could develop into a match between the two experienced runners in the field, both of whom come into the race unbeaten although narrow preference is for Jim Bolger’s MISSING MATRON who gets 5lbs at the weights from Aidan O’Brien’s rival Cadamosto.
The Bolger runner looked a smart prospect when winning her debut in a course and distance maiden four weeks ago, impressively running out a five lengths’ victor over It’ll Do My Day who has won since; while the fourth home, Silver Surfer, subsequently finished runner-up to Cadamosto at Dundalk earlier in the month.
That one was almost ten lengths behind the selection and there could be more to come from Jim Bolger’s charge although the Vocalised filly will have to prove as effective on this quicker ground. If she handles the conditions however then she ought to go close and she can maintain her perfect record here in receipt of weight.
2:35 Curragh – TRI Equestrian Gladness Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 7f
KNOW IT ALL showed a good level of form last term, winning the Derrinstown Stud Fillies Stakes at Leoaprdstown by two lengths from Celestial Object and subsequently getting to within a length of Watch Me when tried in the Group One Prix Rothschild at Deauville.
That form is strong given the runner-up filled the same spot in the Sun Chariot Stakes while the fourth went on to win a Listed contest and the sixth took a Group Two prize at Meydan. Johnny Murtagh’s charge then ran another good race to finish fourth to Champers Elysees in the Matron Stakes and a repeat of that could see the Lord Kanaloa filly get back to winning ways.
She was beaten three lengths on that occasion, unable to sustain her effort and this return to seven furlongs will hold no fears as she eases back into a Group Three contest on her return. Having gone well fresh on her reappearance last June the lack of an outing might not be a huge issue and she can make her presence felt here.
4:50 Curragh – TRI Equestrian Superstore & Cafe Irish EBF Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (3yo+) 6f
HARANNDA was sent off favourite for her reappearance at Naas last month but Dermot Weld’s charge spoiled her chance by racing far too freely and failing to last home in the mud, eventually eased and allowed to come home in her own time.
The Invincible Spirit filly had filled the frame in both her starts last summer and is surely better than she showed latest on her return to action.
She showed plenty of promise beforehand so is perhaps worth another chance with this less testing ground likely to show her in better light while Colin Keane takes over in the saddle. She can be forgiven that poor return and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if she were to do better this time around.