Sunday’s racing tips – 15/8 NAP can continue O’Brien dominance in Beresford Stakes

Innisfree (left) battling for victory at Galway.

Innisfree (left) battling for victory at Galway.

Our expert takes a look through all of Sunday’s races and selects a strong contender in the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh as his NAP of the day with Virgin Bet.

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4:00pm Curragh Beresford Stakes (Group 2) 1m

Dermot Weld will have been pleased to see Shekhem score a maiden victory at the fourth time of asking at Listowel earlier this month and he should have some say in the matter. However, this is a race Aidan O’Brien often targets with one of his best young prospects, winning nine of the past ten renewals. Capri, Saxon Warrior and Japan have all opened their pattern-race accounts by winning the Beresford Stakes and I fancy INNISFREE (NAP) will add his name to the trophy on Sunday.

Like many of Aidan O’Brien’s runners, Innisfree was beaten on debut, finishing second to stablemate, Year Of The Tiger at Naas. A clash with Shekhem then followed at the Galway Festival, where Donnacha O’Brien decided that front-running tactics would work best. Despite an exceedingly short price-tag, Shekhem made Innisfree work very hard for his victory and the favourite had to fight all the way to the line to claim a maiden victory.

O’Brien was confident after that performance that his colt would come on for the run and, out of the three Ballydoyle runners entered in Sunday’s race, he’s the only one who’s been laid out with this race in mind. Stepping up to a mile is only going to help this son of Galileo and the new course at the Curragh is very similar to that Innisfree won over at Galway, so he should be very comfortable going around this tight, right-handed bend.

Innisfree is entered in the Futurity Trophy at Doncaster next month and also boasts a couple of Classic entries for 2020. He looks like the only possible superstar in Sunday’s field and any price better than evens could looks very nice as we approach the off.

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