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Curragh preview

Updated: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 23:50 | Comments

Action at the Curragh gets underway at 3pm
Action at the Curragh gets underway at 3pm

It's Darley Irish Oaks day at the Curragh and Tarfasha has excellent claims of bettering her second in the Epsom equivalent.

With her owner Sheikh Hamdan re-routing Taghrooda to the King George, Tarfasha heads the ante-post market but she is far from a certainty.

Luca Cumani sends over Volume from Newmarket, who was only a nose behind her in third last month.

Add into the mix the expected big Ballydoyle battalion, which includes Ribblesdale winner Bracelet and Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Marvellous - although Joseph O'Brien has elected to partner Tapestry - and the scene is set for a fascinating battle.

Dick Whittington and Toscanini clash for the third time in the Jebel Ali Racecourse & Stables Anglesey Stakes.

Dick Whittington was a place ahead when second on his debut, only for the placings to be reversed in the Chesham at Royal Ascot.

They must concede weight to Queen Mary third Newsletter, while Waltzing Matilda is another filly taking on the boys in the Michael Murphy Home Furnishings Minstrel Stakes.

Tommy Stack's three-year-old ran a cracker for fifth in the Jersey Stakes, and is in receipt of 13lb from last year's winner Darwin.

The opening Darley EBF Maiden (3.00) has thrown up future Classic winners New Approach, Sea The Stars and Australia, and Aidan O'Brien's St Patricks Day went into plenty of notebooks when second on his Naas introduction.

O'Brien should also have high hopes for Annus Mirablis in the Irish Field Maiden, and gives Blackstone his third start of the week in the Kilsaran 50th Anniversary Handicap.

The Ado McGuinness-trained Oor Jock is another not allowed to rest on his laurels and goes to post for the Marker Hotel Handicap, while Sea Coast steps out of maiden company on the back of a Naas success and will have her share of supporters in the O'Briens Wines EBF Fillies Handicap.

 

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