Sunday racing tips for Curragh & Downpatrick – Best bets for the day’s Irish racing
Another two Irish horse racing cards goes to post on Sunday and we give our racing tips for Curragh and Downpatrick.
Saturday’s Irish horse racing action takes in two fixtures with racing on the flat at the Curragh where the Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes goes to post. Meanwhile, Sunday’s jumps racing action comes from Downpatrick.
In all 15 races will unfold across both Irish racing fixtures on Sunday and we give our top racing tips for Curragh and Downpatrick with best bets at each meeting.
SUNDAY 9 AUGUST BEST BETS – RACING TIPS FOR CURRAGH AND DOWNPATRICK
2:55 Downpatrick – Randox Health Rated Hurdle (4yo+) 2m3f
SOLDIER’S HILL is 2-2 over course and distance and Gordon Elliott’s charge can follow up his latest success here last month.
The Mustameet gelding is a lightly raced sort over hurdles and he was better for his reappearance at Roscommon in June when readily running out a six lengths’ winner in first-time blinkers over course and distance where he beat Knot In Time.
That looks some fair form and he’s worth sticking with in his follow-up bid with the headgear retained.
Given his profile as a low-mileage sort, there’s reason to think he might have further improvement to come and less exposed than most of these rivals with proven form at the track he looks sure to run well again with his excellent conditional rider taking off a valuable 5lbs.
3:40 Curragh – Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes (Group 3) (3yo+) 6f
MILLISLE looks hard to beat in this Group Three contest and the Group One scorer can follow up her recent success at Naas.
Jessica Harrington’s Starspangledbanner filly won last season’s Cheveley Park Stakes on her final start of the campaign which yielded three successes from her five starts. She then failed to stay the Qipco 1000 Guineas trip on her reappearance and was quickly reverted to sprinting.
She lost no caste in defeat when finishing fifth in the Commonwealth Cup despite racing on the worst of the track; after which she chased home the very smart Art Power in the Lacken Stakes.
The Harrington runner got back on the mark with a ready defeat of Pronouncement when last seen winning the Ballyogan Stakes and kept to this level she will likely prove a tough nut to crack where she sets the standard on official ratings.
4:15 Curragh – Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (3yo+) 5f
KING OF STARS has shown some useful form in defeat and might be able to open his account here.
Joseph O’Brien’s charge placed twice from three starts as a juvenile and the Starspangledbanner gelding has gone on to fill the frame on three out of four occasions this campaign including when last seen at Naas where he finished two lengths’ third behind Gold Factory.
He made most of the running that day over the six furlongs trip, but he drops to the minimum distance for this outing and he might appreciate the stiffer test at this shorter distance where he’s well drawn to go close with a repeat of that last time run.
He’s shown enough ability to suggest he’s well up to collecting a win at this level and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him in the mix at the business end.
5:15 Downpatrick – Toals Dial-A-Bet Check Out Our Exclusive D-A-B Specials Handicap Chase (4yo+ 0-109) 2m7½f
THE TRIGGER is thriving at present, racking up a four-timer of successes which includes one over fences at Tipperary last month.
Ronan McNally’s charge struck his latest win during the Galway Festival, scoring on day one with a defeat of Brogine over hurdles and the Beneficial gelding could be worth sticking with reverting to the larger obstacles to maintain his current level of form.
He’s only 3lbs higher back over fences from his last run and officially 5lbs well in here on his hurdles rating; assuming then he can run to a similar level then he ought to go close as he bids for a five-timer.
5:25 Curragh – Hashtag ForTheLoveOfKildare Fillies Maiden (3yo+) 1m
SAGRADA FAMILIA has looked steadily progressive in her four runs to date and Joseph O’Brien’s charge can find another chunk of improvement to open her account here.
The Golden Horn filly has been bettering her performances with each run and latterly ran well again in defeat when crossing the line in third behind Epona Plays at Gowran Parak last month. She had previously twice finished fourth over course and distance.
Beaten less than three lengths last time, she had a subsequent winner behind her in that outing and she’s shown enough in her runs to date to suggest that landing a win is well within her scope. She’s open to further improvement and no surprise if she makes her presence felt in this contest.