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Saturday's Curragh preview

Updated: Saturday, 13 Oct 2012 13:57 | Comments

There something for every Flat fan at the Curragh
There something for every Flat fan at the Curragh

With three listed races and a big handicap over a variety of distances, there's something for every Flat taste at the Curragh.

Maarek bids to give weight all round when he tackles the Mick Ramsey Lifetime In Racing Achievement Waterford Testimonial Stakes, having notched four victories on either side of the Irish Sea this term.

Conceding 8lb to Colour Of Love may prove difficult after her second at York, while Hurricane Twister was raised 17lb for his ridiculously easy win at Tipperary and merits a crack at this grade.

Stamina is a more important commodity in the Irish Field Finale Stakes, in which Midnight Soprano bids to erase the memory of her disappointing effort at Goodwood.

Minsk is sure to have his followers after returning to action with a fair third at Listowel, but ahead of him that day was Chamonix, and Aidan O'Brien's three-year-old looks firmly on the upgrade.

O'Brien has three runners in the Staffordstown Stud Stakes, with Hanky Panky the most likely winner, but this could be an opportunity for Uleavemebreathless to pick up some black type having run well in Group Three company last time.

The big handicap of the meeting is the Hacketts Bookmakers Irish Cesarewitch, which sees Missunited attempt to continue her impressive winning run.

Mick Winters' mare has won her last two hurdles and her last three on the Flat and looks capable of a big run, though last-time-out winners Shadow Eile and Highflying also have claims.

Add in Dermot Weld's returning Hidden Universe and Willie Mullins' Rattan, and a competitive contest is in the offing.

The meeting gets under way at 1.55pm, with the Mongey Communications EBF Maiden, which sees League Of Nations make his debut for the O'Brien team.

Joseph O'Brien has opted to ride the twice-raced Magician, though, and he could be the pick, along with Jim Bolger's Dundalk third Bunairgead.

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