Four Curragh Betting Pointers + 434/1 Acca!

Kenya and Seamie Heffernan winning the Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh 2018

In preparation for the weekend’s action on ITV Racing from Sandown, Beverley and Chester there is a high-class card at Curragh on Friday evening, with three Group races and the Irish Cambridgeshire.

We have tips for all the races from the Curragh, as well as for all the seven other meetings with our Horse Racing Tips. Here, we provide you with some betting pointers to go alongside a look at the British raiders.

4.50 Flame Of Tara Irish EBF Stakes

AP O’Brien landed four of the seven races on last year’s cards, and the focus is firmly on him this evening. A Group Three for fillies over a mile was won last year by Just Wonderful, and O’Brien will be bidding for back-to-back successes with a similarly named filly.

So Wonderful remains a maiden after six starts, however she has some high-class form to her name, including when running on to finish a close fourth in the Debutante Stakes over seven here a week ago. In a weaker contest tonight, stepped up in trip, this looks a great opportunity for her to get off the mark.

5.20 Round Tower Stakes

Favourites have won the last six runnings of this six furlong sprint, the last three hailing rather unsurprisingly from the O’Brien yard. Lope Y Fernandes will be attempting to follow in the path of high-class sprinters Intelligence Cross, U S Navy Flag and Ten Sovereigns.

He created a huge impression when winning on debut in June over seven here before twice chasing Pinatubo in the Chesham and Vintage Stakes. Facing nothing of that quality tonight, he drops back in distance in a bid to return to winning ways.

6.20 Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes

Jessie Harrington broke the O’Brien hegemony on this card last year when landing this nine furlong Group Three with I’m So Fancy, her second win in four years.

She saddles Trethias, a progressive three-year-old who beat Pink Dogwood in a maiden over a mile here last year. She progressed with each of her first three runs this year, winning in Listed company at Naas with ease in June over ten furlongs.

Having failed to stay in the Irish Oaks last time over twelve furlongs, a far better showing can be expected considerably down in both grade and distance.

6.50 Irish Cambridgeshire

2018 was something of a trend bucker with a three-year-old landing this fiercely competitive handicap for the first time since 2012, with Kenya’s success seeing the O’Brien yard breaking a nine-year losing spell.

He’ll be attempting to double up with another three-year-old in the form of Turnberry Isle. He, like Kenya, similarly drops down from Group company in order to land this, last seen finishing just three-lengths behind the 117 rated Madhmoon. Back in handicap company from a rating of 100, he makes considerably appeal.

The acca is best priced 434/1 at time of writing.

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