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Irish racing tips: Four best bets from Johnny Ward on Sunday

By Johnny Ward
Sat 17 Jul 2021

Snowfall lit up a baking hot day at the Curragh on Saturday, advertising herself as another outstanding filly trained by Aidan O'Brien over middle distances.

I am thinking Peeping Fawn, Found, Love and so on, but she's different in that she is by the late Deep Impact.

One imagines a trip to St Mark's Basilica for a bit of a different kind of love may be on the agenda in due course.

The races at Tipperary on Sunday look tricky puzzles to solve, but I think I've found one there, plus I also like the chances of three at the Curragh.

2.10 Curragh: Power Under Me at a general 11-2

Aidan O'Brien has won this race five times but, by his standards, that's hardly extraordinary, and the problem he has is quite simply a lack of older horses for seven furlongs or less, given his reliance on Galileo.

Order Of Australia won over a mile and a half here last season before winning a Grade One at the Breeders' Cup. He might get away with seven furlongs, like Japan got away with nine midweek, but there have to be doubts.

The one I like represents the Mehmas-Ger Lyons axis of Saturday's winner, Beauty Inspire. He's only had three starts (all six furlongs on soft at Naas) and he stays that trip, so he will surely get seven furlongs on this ground at the Curragh.

There's a lot of pace in this and he should travel really well. He's a great each-way bet in a cracking renewal of the Minstrel Stakes.

2.45 Curragh: I Siyou Baby at a general 7-2

This Siyouni-bred's trainer, Joseph O'Brien, is in great form. Stepped up to a mile, she produced a fine turn of foot at Naas last time, and she looks sure to finish strongly here.

She has the profile of an improver and the appeal of a bet, too, as her rating suggests she's up against it a bit, but few of these are looking exposed.

5.00 Curragh: Hell Bent at a general 9-1

This race can possibly be narrowed down to the Hell Bent and Moddy Poddle but, having disappointed last time out, the former will surely offer more value.

He was set a very tough task in the Ulster Derby and got restless in the stalls.

On his previous hammering of Prairie Dancer at Sligo, he would win this race, or go very close, at least.

5.15 Tipperary: The Abbey at 6-1 with William Hill and BetVictor

By its nature, this is an ordinary race and The Abbey, who can flatter a little, should look like the most likely winner for most, if not all, the race.

Stamina can't be a problem as he won over two miles on the Flat in April, but he has found little under pressure before over fences, although has jumped well.

This easy track will be perfect, his handler is in terrific form and given how little Jack Kennedy has been riding, it seems a pointer to his chance that the Dingle rider is aboard, and is one of only two rides for the leading Irish rider on Sunday.

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