SUNDAY WEEKENDER

14:00 Curragh Initisaab races off a career high mark in this one, but is a vastly improved horse from the start of the campaign. The five year old has yet to be out of the first two places in six starts this season including his highly unlucky runner-up berth in the Great St Wilfred Stakes at Ripon last time. There may still be improvement to come from this in-form sprinter, so he looks a rock solid each way selection. This is a race where the British raiders look the main protagonists and David O’Meara’s horse will have familiar dangers to face if he is to make it to the winners enclosure. Paul Midgley’s Naggers comes here bidding for the hat trick after two impressive wins from his last two starts, but he takes a step up in class here and might just find one or two of these too hot to handle. Karl Burke’s Yeeoow is another who could run a big price at double figure odds after impressing with a Goodwood win recently, but this is a much tougher task here today. Of the Irish horses, Captain Power would be the leading home fancy for the Edward Lynam team. The four-year-old has a solid win ratio to his name and scored at Leopardstown last time out, but is up 6lb for that. He would be the most likely to pounce if the selection fails to fire. Intisaab (E/W)

14:35 Curragh The Aidan O’Brien team look to have found a wonderful opportunity for their three year old Best in the world to continue his rebuild after a disappointing season. The horse was tipped for big things this term, but ultimately has been disappointing to date. The stable have always rated the horse and it finally realised some of its potential when scoring a Group 3 at Cork last time out. The runner up that day has since won a Group 3 and done it in devastating style so that form looks rock solid in this field here today and Ryan Moore’s mount is the confident selection to further enhance the CV here today. Ballydoyle stable mate Santa Monica will have the assistance of Frankie Dettori in the saddle and is the clear danger to the selection on the official ratings. The three year old went close in a Group 3 and also has a decent showing in Group 2 company to its name as well so can definitely take advantage if the selection has an off day. Dermot Weld’s Shamreen was behind Best in the World last time and so the selection looks to have plenty to spare with that rival on these terms, but she is a filly who holds her form well and always runs here race so can still make the frame. Best In The World (WIN)

16:00 Chelmsford A tricky handicap contest over a mile here and not too many of the field arrive in good form. Fuwairt and Huntlaw were both last time out winners, but this represents a decent step up in grade for that duo. Sir Michael Stoute’s runner Galvanise has two wins already to his name over today’s trip this season, but has ran poorly twice in between each of those wins and is now 7lb higher so improvement hopes are pinned on the cheekpieces going back on after previous success wearing them. He looks vulnerable to an improver on these terms though. The answer to this competitive handicap may just lie with the Richard Fahey camp. Home Cummins was not beaten far in a better contest at Ripon last time out, and with the excellent Adam J McNamara claiming five in the saddle, the horse gets to virtually run off its last winning mark here on a surface where it has scored in the past. An each way price in the market makes it the irresistible selection here. Home Cummins (E/W)


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