Sunday’s racing tips – 10/3 NAP to Call all the shots at the Curragh
Our expert takes a look through the card on day two of Oaks weekend at the Curragh and selects a prime contender in the feature Group Two as his NAP of the day with Coral on Sunday 21st July.
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3:10pm Curragh Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes (Group 2) 5f
British raiders dominate the betting for this year’s Sapphire Stakes, with last year’s runner-up, Caspian Prince and El Astronaute the likely pacemakers. Equilateral and Garrus go for Charlie Hills and both hold reasonably strong claims. The one they all have to beat for me though, is SOLDIER’S CALL, who makes his Irish debut on the back of an excellent run in the King’s Stand Stakes.
Last year’s Windsor Castle Stakes winner went into Ascot after losing out to Garrus on his reappearance, finishing a strong third when giving plenty of weight to the field. As Blue Point and Battaash fought out the finish, Soldier’s Call came powering down the centre of the track to beat Mabs Cross into third place.
Archie Watson’s sprinter never seems to run a bad race. The only time you could argue he under performed was at Glorious Goodwood last year, where he jinked left and was bumped straight after leaving the stalls, but still managed to finish third. Even out in America where he placed sixth in the Breeders’ Cup, Soldier’s Call had to battle hard to get back into contention after a sluggish start, something no horses managed to do during the entire meeting.
Soldier’s Call won two Grouped prizes in 2018 and finished a neck-third as a two-year-old in the prestigious Prix l’Abbaye. Once again, Watson’s charge ran above and beyond to challenge his elders at Royal Ascot and Soldier’s Call has shown he travels well plenty of times over the past 18 months, running in the biggest Festivals across England, France and the US.
Danny Tudhope takes the ride and you will be hard-pushed to find a jockey in better form at the minute. His wide draw could be a worry, but if Tudhope can latch onto the coattails of El Astronaute – who’s drawn two stalls on his inside – then Soldier’s Call will take all the beating.