Curragh Tips: Red-hot Arizona can Blaze to another win

 | 5th May | 

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There is bank holiday action at the Curragh on Monday, with seven races running between 13:15 and 17:20. 

It's a strong card, with a couple of Listed contests and a pair of Group affairs, both of which are included in our selections. 

Curragh Tips: Monday, May 6

  • 13:50 Curragh - Arizona Blaze @ 15/8 
  • 15:35 Curragh - Jumbly @ 9/4 
  • 16:10 Curragh - White Birch @ 11/4 

13:50 Curragh - Arizona Blaze @ 15/8

The second of the day's two Listed affairs looks like Aidan O'Brien's to lose with his Samuel Colt the odds-on to give him a seventh win in the Tetrarch Stakes at 2.25, so attention is brought forward to the First Flier Stakes at 13:50. 

ARIZONA BLAZE set the tone for his juvenile season by recording a C&D win here on the opening day of the season and the form has looked good since, with the third that day, the reopposing Monotone, going on to win at Cork. 

Whether he has made up enough ground with that Cork success is in the question. 

Arizona Blaze looks both quick and strong, handling the ground on debut and it will be interesting to see if another victory prompts trainer Adrian Murray to keep him over 5f or test him over longer trips as the summer progresses. 

Arizona Blaze at 15/8 15:35 Curragh - Jumbly @ 9/4

Joseph O'Brien looks to have real eyes on a third straight victory in the Group 3 Athasi Stakes after success with Twilight Spinner in 2022 was followed by 2023's win for Honey Girl. 

Gregarina and Valpolicella are both contenders but the best of his entries looks to be JUMBLY, who gains extra attention due to the presence of Ryan Moore. 

Moore rode Happen home in this race for O'Brien Sr in 2019 and a similar success could beckon for Joseph as he looks to close in on his father's five Athasi Stakes' triumphs.  

The handler is easily still young enough to target Dermot Weld's record of seven victories and has a live contender for a third. 

Jumbly ran a decent second on softer ground in his reappearance at this track on April 21 and should benefit from less leg-sapping ground. 

Fozzy Stack's You Send Me warrants notice, as does William Haggas' Doom. However, 2022 Valiant Stakes winner Jumbly gets the nod. 

Jumbly at 9/4 16:10 Curragh - White Birch @ 11/4

Finally, to the feature, the Group 2 Mooresbridge Stakes, where WHITE BIRCH is taken to back up his recent C&D win. 

Third in last year's Epsom Derby, the four-year-old failed to find himself in his next run, coming home eighth of nine runners in the Irish equivalent at this course. 

He was below-par again in finishing fourth in a Group 3 at Leopardstown last September but looked reinvigorated on his reappearance, taking out the Group 3 Alleged Stakes here on April 20. 

There was much to like about the Joseph Murphy-trained colt's performance and his revival could be about to continue. 

Elegant Man looks the most likely rival, but this is his first start on turf and White Birch's extra experience could pay off. 

White Birch at 11/4 Check out our other Horse Racing Tips here.

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