Saturday’s Irish horse racing tips – Best bets for Curragh and Tramore
We look over Saturday’s Irish racing action and give our best bets for Curragh and Tramore.
While four meetings head to post across the UK on Saturday there is some cracking horse racing action taking place in Ireland where it is Irish Oaks day at the Curragh. The fillies’ Classic is joined on a top-class card by a trio of Group Two contests including the Curragh Cup.
Meanwhile, over the sticks there is a fixture at Tramore where a seven race card awaits.
We look over all the Saturday Irish racing action and reveal our best bets for Curragh and Tramore.
BEST BETS FOR CURRAGH AND TRAMORE – SATURDAY 18 JULY
4:25 Tramore – Waterford Mares Handicap Hurdle (4yo+ 80-102) 2m
This contest shouldn’t take a great deal of winning and IMPERIAL CHOICE is taken to get off the mark having ran well at Kilbeggan late last month when finishing third behind Moonball although she was beaten five lengths.
Charles Byrne‘s charge is only 1lb higher in the weights but she has some useful form in the book and wouldn’t need to improve much in order to feature at the business of this race.
She finished runner-up on her last visit to this venue and the New Approach mare is chanced to go one better back here.
5:45 Curragh – Paddy Power Minstrel Stakes (Group 2) (3yo+) 7f
ROMANISED won this race twelve months ago and can mount a successful title defence if fully revved up ahead of his return to action.
The Holy Roman Emperor colt added the Prix Jacques Le Marois to his seasonal haul in the wake of that success and he made Circus Maximus pull out all the stops to land the Prix du Moulin where he was foiled by only a head.
2-3 at this venue, he sets the standard on his runs last term and he has to be of interest on his reappearance. Assuming Ken Condon has him fit for his return then he ought to make his presence felt and he can successfully hold onto his crown.
6:15 Curragh – Paddy Power Scurry Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 6½f
ROMANTIC PROPOSAL was progressive last term, improving with each run and posting a brace of wins at Cork in the autumn, latterly beating Katiymann readily on her handicap debut.
Edward Lynam’s Raven’s Pass filly looked as if she needed the run on her reappearance at this venue last month, finishing sixth in a big field contest behind Big Baby Bull; but she should strip fitter for that run and can build on the outing to do better.
She didn’t help her cause at the start where she got herself worked up in the stalls and unseated her rider and she might just have left something of herself behind. But she’s worth another chance from the same mark if building on that reappearance and she could post a big run.
7:15 Curragh – Juddmonte Irish Oaks (Group 1) (Fillies) (3yo) 1m4f
ENNISTYMON is one of four runners in the race for trainer Aidan O’Brien and the Galileo filly can land the spoils here.
A winner on her reappearance at Leopardstown following just one run as a juvenile, she has since finished runner-up on both subsequent starts at Royal Ascot in the Ribblesdale Stakes and in the Epsom Derby latest where she beat everything bar Love.
That was a smart effort against a top prospect and she likely faces nothing of that level here despite the presence of several very smart rivals. She can confirm Epsom form then with stablemate Passion and no surprise to see her collect a first Group One victory.