How To Bet £20 on Saturday: Magic ready to sparkle at the Curragh

By Harry Allwood@harry_allwood
Fri 16 Jul 2021

Harry Allwood marks your card for the racing action at Newbury, Newmarket and the Curragh on Saturday and suggests a couple of ways to beat the bookmakers. Watch all three meetings live on Racing TV!

There’s another action-packed day of racing action on Racing TV on Saturday with six meetings live on the channel throughout the day.

The feature is, of course, the Juddmonte Irish Oaks (3.25pm) at the Curragh, and although that may not be the most attractive betting heat with Snowfall chalked up at 2-7, there are plenty of other contests to get stuck into.

I usually try and find one or two chalked up at double-figure odds, but the four below all have solid chances, and I see no reason why they will not go close.

Best of luck with any bets you have this weekend, and don’t forget to tune into the On The Wire Video Podcast (below) as the team have previewed the racing action at the Curragh on Saturday and Sunday.

2.25 Newbury: Zeeband at a general 5-2

Zeeband looked a big, raw horse last season that was in need of experience, and Eoin Walsh said on Racing TV after guiding him to success at Thirsk that whatever the son of Sea The Stars achieves as a three-year-old, it will be a bonus.

He certainly looks to have matured this year and after catching the eye at Newmarket on his return, Roger Varian’s progressive stayer was well on top at the finish when successful in the Northumberland Vase last time out.

He travelled like the best horse in that contest – which was his first try over this trip - and although he had a favourable draw, it was a muddling contest, and he impressed with the way he put the race to bed in a first-time visor, which he wears again here.

The manner of his victory suggests an 8lb rise will not be enough to stop him scoring again, especially as he’s only had seven starts, and further progress can certainly be expected. He’s also favourably drawn again in stall three.

I would also not put you off having a small investment on him at 20-1 with William Hill for the Sky Bet Ebor next month as victory here should guarantee he gets a run in the York showpiece, which his connections won last year with Fujaira Prince.

2.50 Curragh: Measure Of Magic at 9-2 with Coral

This smart filly defeated the favourite Logo Hunter at Navan on her seasonal debut and is worth siding with at the prices to lower the colours of Michael Browne’s charge again.

The selection lacked a recent run in that Listed contest at Navan and Ben Coen said afterwards that he rode his mount to get the extra half furlong, so she was probably value for more than the winning margin.

Johnny Murtagh’s three-year-old was impressive in the Polonia Stakes on her next outing where she put the race to bed in a matter of strides and ran with credit in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on ground that would not have suited.

On the evidence we have seen so far, she looks a Group One performer in the making and faster conditions on Saturday will be in her favour.

Although Logo Hunter has progressed again since the pair last met, Measure Of Magic has as well and the race should be run to suit with Make A Challenge and Strong Johnson - who both like to get on with things - among the opposition.

Murtagh has been operating at a strike-rate of 24 per cent in the past fortnight, which is another positive, and a tilt at the Nunthorpe next month may be on the cards if his daughter of Kodi Bear scores here.

2.55 Newmarket: Stunning Beauty at 4-1 with William Hill

I thought Stunning Beauty would go close in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket’s July Festival and it was a surprise to not see her declared, especially as she’d won over the course and distance last year.

However, she returns to the scene of her impressive debut success on Saturday, and Saeed bin Suroor suggested his youngster could be a Group One filly after that outing.

After producing another striking performance at Leicester on her next start, Stunning Beauty could not make an impact in two outings at Meydan at the start of this year and hinted she may not have trained on.

She put those doubts to bed when successful on her return at Doncaster, though, and was sent off a leading fancy for the Kensington Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. She was pulled up shortly after the off there, but it is easy to forgive her effort as her rider was unable to remove the blindfold leaving the stalls.

A repeat of her Doncaster win, where she defeated Royal Hunt Cup fifth Beat Le Bon, would see her go close here, and with Ray Dawson claiming a useful 3lb, she is effectively racing off the same mark.

Although Richard Hannon’s charge was closing on her near the line at Doncaster, the hold-up performer had the advantage of race fitness and will need things to fall right to record his first success for almost two years.

3.00 Newbury: Tabdeed at a general 100-30

Tabdeed caught the eye on his return at Newcastle in June and that run should have him primed as he bids for back-to-back victories in this Group Three contest.

He had one run at the same Newcastle fixture last year where he finished second behind Glen Shiel – who has subsequently proved himself at Group One level - before winning at Newbury and showed a similar level of form on his return this year to finish fourth.

He also beat a strong field this race 12 months ago, with the likes of The Tin Man, Shine So Bright and Judicial in behind, and a repeat here should see him prove hard to beat.

This race is sure to have been the plan all season and the ground should be perfect for him, so there are plenty of positives.

How To Bet £20 on Saturday:


2.25 Newbury: £6 win on Zeeband at a general 5-2

2.50 Curragh: £4 win on Measure Of Magic at 9-2 with Coral

2.55 Newmarket: £4 win on Stunning Beauty at 4-1 with William Hill

3.00 Newbury: £6 win on Tabdeed at a general 100-30


£1.70 win Yankee plus £1.30 win accumulator on the four selections below (general odds in brackets)

2.25 Newbury: Zeeband (5-2)

2.50 Curragh: Measure Of Magic (4-1)

2.55 Newmarket: Stunning Beauty (4-1)

3.00 Newbury: Tabdeed (100-30)

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