There’s action aplenty on Saturday, with the Irish Derby headlining the action on a day full of group action and competitive handicaps. The Curragh, Newcastle, Newmarket, Redcar and Lingfield all host cards on a manic day of non-stop racing!
For all our horse racing tips, check on site now, but I’ve gone through the cards looking for some bigger-priced fancies to spread some value on your bet slips!
1.15 Newcastle – Lord Oberon (33/1)
He’s not the most consistent, but Lord Oberon was a winner off this mark at Doncaster back in 2018 and he would have needed the run on his first start for 357 days over seven furlongs here earlier this month.
It was also his first outing since a wind operation and given that he was placed at Haydock in June 2019 off four pounds higher, he’s more than capable of a big effort. Dropping back to six furlongs should help matters and he’ll be granted a strong pace, which should see him coming into the thick of the action late on under Clifford Lee.
5.15 Curragh – In The Present (25/1)
Jessie Harrington has been among the winners of late and In The Present could provide her with another. She was an impressive winner of a Dundalk maiden in December before not suiting the step up to the mile at Listed level since. She travelled well for a long way at Leopardstown on her latest outing in a Group 3, where she only weakened late over the seven-furlong distance.
She drops back to six furlongs today and goes into handicaps off a very manageable mark on her best form. At this level, she should be able to show her true form under Tom Madden.
7.15 Curragh (Irish Derby) – Galileo Chrome (40/1)
Well-held on debut, a step up to ten furlongs did wonders for Galileo Chrome, who defeated the reopposing King Of The Throne with a strong finishing effort here earlier this month. A son of Australia, he’s got plenty of stamina in his pedigree, with that and his running style suggesting a step up to this distance will really help matters.
There’s no doubt that it needs to eke out plenty of further improvement, but he’s completely unexposed and this is one of the most open renewals of the Irish Derby we’ve seen. It would be no surprise to see this Edward Greatrex ridden colt sneak into the places with a powerful finishing effort.