Three selections for Oaks Day at the Curragh

By Luke

The feature race of the day is the Kerrygold Irish Oaks off at 5:10. The first four in the market are separated officially by three pounds. I like Fleeting trained by Aidan O’Brien and son Donnacha O’Brien gets the leg up. She was last seen finishing second to Star Catcher in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot. Fleeting was positioned at the back of the field and made good late ground. She ran into trouble in running and was not beaten far. I think she will reverse the form with Star Catcher and I think that will be good enough to win this at 7/1.

Race three is the Tote Scurry Handicap over six furlongs. Chessman was last seen finishing third over course and distance. He was receiving five pounds from the winner Speak In Colours who is better than Listed class. Three starts ago he was second behind Surrounding. Surrounding has since won a Group 3 at Fairyhouse last weekend. I think if he can produce his best he will go close at 8/1.

Race five is the Group 2 Paddy Power Minstrel Stakes Stakes over seven furlongs. This looks a good opportunity for Romanised to get back to winning ways. He was last seen finishing fourth at Royal Ascot when not getting a clear run in the Queen Anne. With a clear run he would have went very close. He drops down to seven furlongs which I don’t think will be an issue. I think he is the best horse in the race and hopefully can go close with Billy Lee in the saddle at 7/4.


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