Sunday Irish Champions Weekend tips – Day two best bets through the card
Irish Champions Weekend day two tips at the Curragh
Another top-class racing fixture awaits punters in Ireland on Sunday where it day two of Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh. Featuring four Group One races we’ve picked out our Sunday Irish Champions Weekend tips for day two and best bets through the card.
More top-class horse racing action goes to post in Ireland on Sunday where it is day two of Irish Champions Weekend and the focus switches to the Curragh for a card which features four Group One contests headed by the Irish St Leger on a top quality afternoon of racing at the premier Irish track.
Eight races in all will unfold throughout the afternoon with the feature race being shown as part of the Sunday ITV Racing schedule and we’ve looked over the day two racecard in Ireland to pick out our Sunday Irish Champions Weekend tips for day two and best bets through the card.
SUNDAY IRISH CHAMPIONS WEEKEND TIPS – DAY TWO BEST BETS THROUGH THE CARD AT CURRAGH
1:45 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Bold Lad” Sprint Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 6f
HIGHTIMEYOUWON has been in good fettle this term, winning a big field handicap at Cork back in May and making the frame in both subsequent outings here over further; Dermot Weld’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here with Ryan Moore an eyecatching booking on the Garswood gelding.
He was winning for the first time since last September when successful over Fil The Power in May where he scored by a head and he was subsequently not disgraced in finishing fourth to Ice Cold In Alex under a big weight next time.
Last seen going down by only a head to Major Power back here he could benefit from dropping back to this trip and while 4lbs higher in the weights he should make his presence felt again in this valuable contest.
2:20 Curragh – Moyglare ”Jewels” Blandford Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+) 1m2f
LOVE is likely to be hard to beat if coming back to her best and the Galileo filly gets the nod to resume winning ways here.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge was unbeaten last term in a light campaign, winning three times and she made a winning reappearance at Ascot in June when taking the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes following ten months off.
She subsequently lost little caste in defeat behind Adayar in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes back at Ascot although her last run in the Juddmonte International was disappointing and she needs to bounce back.
This is easier and while she hasn’t quite matched her 3yo form this term she has strong claims of getting back on the scoresheet here despite giving weight away and she ought to prove a tough nut to crack it at the top of her game.
2:55 Curragh – Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (Group 1) (3yo+) 5f
GLASS SLIPPERS might have preferred softer ground than this but the Dream Ahead mare comes alive at this time of the season and Kevin Ryan’s high-class sprinter can get back to winning ways in defence of the crown she won twelve months ago.
A progressive sprinter in 2019 with three wins she showed herself to be very smart last term, chasing home Battaash in the King George V Stakes in what would otherwise have been a course record time had it not been for Charlie Hills’ crack sprinter bettering her by two lengths.
She then won this race before being denied by a neck in the Prix de l’Abbaye and resumed winning ways in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Far from disgraced on her return from almost nine months off when third to Suesa she’s entitled to come on for that run and can prove a different proposition now.
A 3lbs pull with Dragon Symbol from that race for little over one length can see her turn the tables here and she looks set for a big run having been kept fresh for this by her in-form stable.
3:30 Curragh – Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1) (Fillies) (2yo) 7f
HOMELESS SONGS looked a potentially high-class prospect when making a winning debut in a big field Leopardstown maiden, readily holding off reopposing Agartha who has franked the form since in no uncertain fashion.
Dermot Weld’s charge has been absent since but returns here open to plenty of improvement and the Frankel filly can pick up where she left off with the prospect of significant improvement to come on the back of that debut effort.
This will certainly be much tougher given what others have gone on to achieve but it is noteworthy that the master trainer pitches her in at this level on just her second start and she could well prove a top-class prospect.
4:05 Curragh – Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies) (2yo) 7f
Unbeaten pair Native Trail and Point Lonsdale will have their supporters but a chance is taken on EBRO RIVER who got back on the winning trail when scoring in the Phoenix Stakes here five weeks ago and Hugo Palmer’s charge could follow up.
The Galileo Gold colt won two of his first three starts before tacking Pattern company where he performed with credit, beaten less than one length when finishing fourth to Asymmetric at Goodwood in July in the Richmond Stakes having filled the same spot previously behind Lusail at Newmarket.
He battled well to land the odds last time out having seemingly plateaued and now he’s back on the scoresheet he could do better with this step up in trip unlikely to present a problem and he could improve for the extra yardage while a win at this top level suggests he could be the one to beat if seeing out the new trip.
4:40 Curragh – Comer Group International Irish St. Leger (Group 1) (3yo+) 1m6f
This looks competitive on paper despite lacking any bona-fide Group One performer and EMPEROR OF THE SUN is a tentative selection in an open renewal.
Donnacha O’Brien’s charge was a Leopardstown winner back in May in a Listed contest and he ran well in defeat subseqeuntly when fifth to Subjectivist in the Ascot Gold Cup. He may not have been suited by the track at Goodwood next time but bounced back with a very good third behind reopposing Twilight Payment here last month in the St Leger Trial where he was only beaten two lengths.
He has a bit to find on that evidence having seemingly been beaten fair and square; but the quicker ground here may improve his chances and he can run well.
5:15 Curragh – Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes (2yo) 6½f
ADJUVANT possibly didn’t handle the track when losing his unbeaten record at Goodwood latest but it might be worth chancing Michael Bell’s charge to bounce back here.
The New Bay colt had won both previous starts at Chester and Salisbury respectively, beating Sed Maarib on the latter occasion readily and that rival has won since. His latest start saw him only finish sixth but he was only beaten a couple of lengths at the line and there’s likely better to come from him with a first-time visor now applied.
The headgear could unlock some further improvement and representing a yard in form as he drops back in trip there’d be no surprise if he were to go very close here.
5:45 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Northfields” Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m2f
Lightly-raced VULTAN has returned this term in good order, winning at Roscommon on his reappearance in May and making the frame on all three subsequent starts which include finishing runner-up here two runs ago behind Effernock Fizz.
Soft ground was possibly an excuse for a below-par run at Tramore latest where he could only finish fourth to Gee Rex and beaten a fair distance, but back on quicker ground here he could do better.
The drop back to ten furlongs could also be a positive and the handicapper has eased him 1lb in the weights so he could be capable of a big performance with the prospect of further improvement to come given his lightly-raced profile.