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Curragh preview

Updated: Monday, 14 Oct 2013 20:39 | Comments

The card at the Curragh gets underway at 1.45
The card at the Curragh gets underway at 1.45

There's no shortage of runners at the Curragh, with the bumper eight-race card starting with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden over a mile.

Dermot Weld's Afternoon Sunlight could be the pick of the runners after chasing home subsequent Group Three winner My Titania at Leopardstown last time, while Dance With Another and Beyond Intensity could have more to offer.

Speedier sorts lock horns in the six-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, where Willie McCreery's Golden Amber will try to build on a promising debut at Tipperary.

However, Aidan O'Brien's Sparrow improved markedly to take second at this track last time and similar progression would make her hard to beat.

O'Brien has a trio of runners in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, with son Joseph taking the ride on Tigris River, who is out of Irish 1000 Guineas winner Hula Angel.

Stablemates Adelaide and Table Rock are also suitably well bred, while Sailors Swan looks the pick of Weld's duo and Kevin Manning has picked Korba ahead of Jim Bolger's other runner Focas Mor.

O'Brien looks to have strong claims in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden for older fillies, as A Star Is Born has been edging ever closer to that first success of late.

Weld may hold the biggest challenger in Amber Romance, third on her debut at Navan, while Laviniad steps up in trip after finding just one too good on her debut.

A massive field of 30 for the Curragh Training Grounds Handicap makes picking a winner a difficult task, though the likes of Diamond Daze, Elusive Gent and Silver Lightening will all be bidding to build on recent placed efforts, while Tylery Wonder and Kanes Pass give McCreery a strong hand in the Join Go Racing In Kildare 2014 Handicap.

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