Sunday’s racing tips – 5/2 NAP to fly into winners’ enclosure at the Curragh

Soffia winning the card-opening handicap sprint on St Leger day at the Curragh last season.

Soffia winning the card-opening handicap sprint on St Leger day at the Curragh last season.

Our expert takes a look through all of Sunday’s races at the Curragh and picks out a strong challenger in the Group One sprint as his NAP of the day with Mr Green on Sunday 15th September.

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2:25pm Curragh Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes (Group 1) 5f

Mabs Cross remains as consistent as ever, but didn’t run up to her best in the Nunthorpe last time out and underwhelmed when finishing third as the favourite in a weaker renewal of this race last year. Invincible Army is one of three making a quick turnaround having been beaten in the Sprint Cup last weekend and James Tate’s sprinter has to be regarded a danger.

Houtzen pushed Battaash all the way to the line in the King George and warrants a mention. Yet, I’m finding it hard to pull myself away from the fast-improving SOFFIA and Edward Lynam’s filly offers plenty of value sitting on 3/1.

Even Lynam would confess himself surprised with the way this four-year-old filly has progressed this term. Three victories on the bounce culminated in a demolition job in the Sapphire Stakes, for which she was awarded a staggering RPR of 120.

Soffia is four-from-four here at the Curragh, a track newcomers often find a little difficult to cope with. Soffia carried odds of 20/1 to victory in last year’s running of the Bold Lad Sprint and even managed to win the Ballyogan Stakes, over an extended six furlong trip, here earlier in the season. At 5/2, she’s my best bet of the day.

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