Sunday Curragh best bets – Day three of the Irish Derby weekend

We give our Sunday Curragh tips on day three of the Irish Derby weekend.We give our Sunday Curragh tips on day three of the Irish Derby weekend.

We give our Sunday Curragh best bets on day three of the Irish Derby Festival weekend.

The Irish Derby Festival weekend enters a third day on Sunday and there is further Group One action spearheading the card with the latest renewal of the Pretty Polly Stakes which goes to post at 4.45pm.

Ably supported by Group Two action and some competitive handicap racing there’s a lot to look forward on the day’s racecard and having been amongst the winners this week with our Irish racing tips we’re hopeful of landing some more success with our Sunday Curragh best bets as we look over the final day of racing at the Curragh on Irish Derby weekend.


3:10 Curragh – Finlay Volvo Cars Race (3yo) 1m2f

NAPA VALLEY looked a smart prospect when easily winning on debut at Leopardstown earlier in the month and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can quickly follow up.

The Galileo colt ran out a comfortable three lengths’ winner from Aztec Parade where he was always racing prominently and he showed a decent turn of foot to readily put the race to bed when asked to go and win the contest by Seamie Heffernan.

It was difficult not to have been impressed by that effort and he looks sure to improve again for the experience. This is tougher and he goes up in trip for this outing having not looked short of speed over one mile last time.

He should be capable of making his mark again with the promise of more to come and if the longer trip doesn’t inconvenience then it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go in again where he can add to his winning tally.

Aidan O'Brien can get amongst the winners at the Curragh on Sunday.

Aidan O’Brien can get amongst the winners at the Curragh on Sunday.

4:15 Curragh – Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes (Group 2) (4yo+) 6f

MAKE A CHALLENGE progressed well last term, winning six times which included a Listed course and distance contest; Denis Hogan’s charge can continue his progression this term having won on his return over five furlongs in a Listed race at Naas recently.

The Invincible Spirit gelding was thought good enough last term to contest the British Champions’ Sprint where he ran creditably to finish fifth behind Donjuan Triumphant, and he wasn’t disgraced in a Group Three contest in Doha in February before returning to action and picking up the winning thread again latest.

He was impressive in beating Downforce by four lengths on his last visit here and he has a very good record at the Curragh where he is 3-4 in his starts here. He was a close second on his sole defeat at this venue, and all ground comes alike so he won’t be fazed by the conditions.

Sure to be sharper following his recent return, this return to six furlongs will suit and every chance he can strike again if the step up in class doesn’t catch him out.

5:15 Curragh – Equine MediRecord Handicap (4yo+) 1m2f

Henry de Bromhead is enjoying some success with his runners on the flat and ROIBEARD can get back on the winning trail having shown he retains all his ability when finishing a close third at Gowran Park recently.

That was the Big Bad Bob gelding’s first outing for more than one year; but he had won when last seen previously over this trip at Leopardstown and he ought to prove sharper for that return where he was only beaten a half-length.

That form looks quite fair and the handicapper has only pushed him up 2lbs for that near miss so he could still have some scope given he has placed from a higher mark in his younger days. Racing back over this stiffer test of stamina could see him in a better light now he’s had a run and he should run well in this big-field handicap contest.

We're backing Henry de Bromhead to land one of our Sunday Curragh best bets.

We’re backing Henry de Bromhead to land one of our Sunday Curragh best bets.

5:45 Curagh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Handicap (4yo+) 2m

A few of these names are recognisable from the jumps game and DE NAME ESCAPES ME looks worth chancing having shown up well last term in three starts on the flat for Noel Meade.

The Vinne Roe veteran is a useful hurdler and chaser, but he came late the flat game although showed himself adept in this sphere when winning on his belated flat debut at Roscommon prior to finding only one too good at this venue on his next start.

He ran well again for third when last seen on the level and he’s since been eased 3lbs ahead of his reappearance. The step up to two miles on the flat is likely to suit and with Joey Sheridan’s 7lbs allowance a plus then it wouldn’t surprise to see a big run from the ten-year old assuming he is fully tuned up for this outing.

Featuring on a very attractive handicap mark and with his rider’s claim he could take full advantage of his relatively low weight and he should be competitive here.