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Angus McNae’s top horse racing tips for Sunday

By Angus McNae
Sun 26 Sep 2021

French Made and Albegone were winning tips in the Sunday column last week and I’m hoping the quartet below will keep the ball rolling as I seek winners at the Curragh and at Epsom. Enjoy both meetings on Racing TV.

2.30 Curragh: Albula

This unexposed Galileo filly has only had two starts and arguably should be unbeaten.

She won her maiden at Naas before finishing second in the Group Three Flame of Tara Stakes here at the Curragh.

In that latter, she quickened clear between the three and two furlong pole, looking briefly to have the race in the bag. However, that proved to be a premature move and she proved vulnerable in the closing stages and was run down by Magical Lagoon, who holds a Group One Fillies’ Mile entry.

If her effort is timed better on Sunday, over a furlong shorter, her turn of foot could prove decisive. This is a strong race, but this filly flashed plenty of ability in this grade last time and can take a step forward here.

2.50 Epsom: Knowing

This horse won here last time out here at Epsom. That was a cosy success, achieved under a confident ride from Tom Marquand. Hayley Turner is tasked with getting him to win again off a 5lb higher mark and I am sure she is up to the task.

Knowing travelled strongly last time and was produced to lead late on in comfortable fashion. With plenty of pace signed on, this race looks likely to be to set up perfectly for him. He should be backed with confidence to repeat his recent success.

3.35 Curragh: Barrington Court

Jessica Harrington can do little wrong right now and Barrington Court gives her a leading chance here.

She has only had two starts this year, so comes into this a fresh horse compared to her rivals, and she shaped very well in the Irish St Leger Trial behind Twilight Payment last month.

She travelled strongly and looked like threatening the useful winner before tiring late on, which is understandable given that it was her first run for three months. It should be noted that she was handled with kid gloves there and should strip a lot sharper for that effort.

Any rain would increase my confidence, but nonetheless she is worth chancing here to continue Harrington’s purple patch.

4.05 Curragh: Moon Daisy

I was taken with how this filly won at Fairyhouse six days ago and she has every chance of following up here if arriving in the same form.

With Siobhan Rutledge claiming 7lb, she effectively gets to race off the same mark (75) as she did at Fairyhouse. The second and third there went into that race in good form, giving Moon Daisy’s effort a solid look.

A review of that race identifies that Moon Daisy won with plenty in hand and I am not deterred that she drops to 12 furlongs. All in all she looks to be a solid play in a competitive handicap.

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