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Gary O’Brien: My selections for Sunday at the Curragh

08 Sep | news | BY Gary O’Brien | MIN READ TIME |
Gary O’Brien: My selections for Sunday at the Curragh
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The Irish racing broadcaster runs through the card on a busy day at the Curragh.

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13:50

The opening contest is very competitive. I’m not normally a huge fan of sprint handicaps, but I do think Dandyville is worth backing. He’s run really well on his last two starts, finishing second at the Curragh and Dundalk and looks to be an improving sprinter. 

Araminta only made her debut in April, but has showed fantastic maturity in that time. She’s improving and won a Group 3 in France last time. She is a rare runner for Henry Candy over here, but when he does bring them, they do often go so well. 

14:55

The Flying Five is another cracking race. I do think it’ll go to an English horse, although I can’t split Highfield Princess and Bradsell. It’ll be a great race to watch.

Nothing against the filly YlangYlang, I just don’t think she’s that far clear of the rest as the betting would suggest. I’ve landed on two that I think are good value. Verspertilio wasn’t beaten far by Ylang Ylang in the Silver Flash and won last time, so I think she’ll go well, especially as she’s likely to be ridden closer to the favourite this time. 

Red Verburnum is another who could go well. He was a market springer on his debut and although he didn’t win, he was the moral winner on the day and comes with that experience behind him.

16:00

City Of Troy looks a monster and it going to be difficult to oppose, but I’ve got to say, he’s going to have to be on his A-game to beat Bucannero Fuerte, who is a very, very smart two year old. If he can brush him aside, like he has everything else, then he really could be something very special.

16:35

The Irish St Leger is very trappy with just five runners. It’ll get tactical but I do think Yashen will go well and he’s a fair price. He does have a bit to find of figures, but will get his conditions and he could run a very good race.

17:10

My token pick in the next race would be Native American. The fact Wathnan racing have bought him would suggest they’ve done their due diligence and they know this horse is smart; after all, they’re investing in ready-made winners for the big days. 

17:45

The three-year-olds are interesting in the last race and they could all be big players, but they are drawn high and want to go forward. The one I’ll side with is also drawn high, but Coeur D’Or likes to be dropped in, so I’ll give the draw being an issue a pass this time! He stays on through the line very well and could improve again going up in trip. 

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Gary O’Brien

Gary O’Brien

Widely known as ‘the voice of Irish racing’, Gary is a horse racing broadcaster, presenter, and enthusiastic racehorse owner.

Gary O’Brien

Gary O’Brien

Widely known as ‘the voice of Irish racing’, Gary is a horse racing broadcaster, presenter, and enthusiastic racehorse owner.