Just three meetings make up Sunday’s quota across Britain and Ireland, with the Irish Cesarewitch amongst the key races.
That comes at the Curragh, where they also boast two Group 3 contests, while UK action is from Hamilton on the Flat and over jumps at Plumpton.
We have three Sunday selections including one for Joseph O’Brien and Dylan Browne McMonagle on handicap bow in the Irish Cesarewitch.
Curragh 16:10 – St Vincents Garden @ 9/1
The Irish Cesarewitch is set to feature a field of 30 and lots of them have strong claims, as the likes of Emmet Mullins and Jessica Harrington look for glory with well-matched rivals Teed Up and The Very Man – both in cracking form of late and hard to split on paper.
Champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins fires six at this €330,000 target, while Joseph O’Brien comes close to matching him with five in the mix.
Dawn Rising and Nusret are solid for the Piltown trainer, but bottom-weight ST VINCENTS GARDEN might be worth a close look on his handicap bow.
The Camelot colt won a maiden at Fairyhouse (1m4f, good) in June and then shaped quite well in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot – finishing sixth – when stepped up to 1m6f.
He was third since in the Listed Vinnie Roe Stakes at Leopardstown last month and while an opening mark of 99 is not better than fair, he gets his 3YO allowance here and Dylan Browne McMonagle’s partner is worth a chance over this new trip in what is a Betfred Super Extra Place Race (six places).
Hamilton 16:00 – Isle Of Dreams @ 6/1
Declan Carroll’s ISLE OF DREAMS finds herself on a remarkable run of six wins in seven starts and could bag another at Hamilton Park in the Usave Business Energy Specialist Fillies’ Handicap.
She has been a major improver since going into handicaps, and was wonderfully game when notching her latest win at Thirsk in July over 6f on soft going, rallying strongly in the final stages and just about putting her head down in front on the line.
She had today’s rival Slainte Mhaith behind in second when scoring at Thirsk (6f, soft) back in April an while this career-high mark of 70 demands a bit more, she is likely to pull it out and is taken to justify her inclusion on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder.
Curragh 14:25 – Caught U Looking @ 5/2
The Group 3 Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh is an open heat on paper. Brilliant – one of two for Aidan O’Brien – held off Sakti on debut at Leopardstown in July but has thrice come up shy in better company since.
The runner-up meanwhile improved to finish second in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes over this C&D last month and probably sets the standard on that showing.
CAUGHT U LOOKING is worth siding with for Noel Meade. The Harzand filly made no impression on debut over C&D in June but was impressive the following month when scooting clear to win a Leopardstown maiden over 7f on yielding to soft ground.
The runner-up is 2-2 since and the race has produced four subsequent winners. Ben Coen’s partner should have lots more to come and fully merits her rise in grade based on that win 66 days ago and conditions are optimal.