Paddy Power Horse Racing Trader Conor Murphy joined PPTV to take a look at the pick of Irish racing this weekend and he’s delivered four succulent selections for your delight at the Curragh and Killarney on Saturday afternoon.
So, let’s see if Conor can deliver some wonderful weekend winners.
You’ve got the usual suspects turning up to these sprint races and there’s a couple of unexposed ones in behind but they’re probably Black type ones so it’s probably a two-horse race, I’d say.
Speak In Colours beat Make A Challenge a few starts ago, it was a funny sort of ride that day. There was no pace and for some reason he took a pull. Speak In Colours is normally a hold up horse but he was actually in front of him that day. It was just a weird ride.
He’s a really speedy horse, Make A Challenge, so I think if they just make use of his pace, go back to his front-running tactics he’ll deliver. He’s getting 4 lbs off Speak In Colours, crucially, as well today.
There’s not much pace on here today and he should be a better horse over 5 furlongs, but I just think with a little bit of an easier lead, over six furlongs, we know he handles cut, he’s a dual course and distance winner and he could be hard to peg back.
This is a fascinating race, it throws up Group 1 winners like no man’s business. Alpine Star won this last year so I’m looking forward to this a lot.
I think the Group 3 form from last day is one to go with. I just about side with Shale and Pretty Gorgeous, I think they’re a bit ahead of these. Shale did win the last day but I’m with Pretty Gorgeous.
Pretty Gorgeous didn’t look experienced the last day and Shale just got the run on her and they look two really good fillies they went very quick.
Pretty Gorgeous won a Bellewstown race over a mile, it wasn’t much of a race but we know she stays a mile. Seven furlongs is more natural and the heavier ground, when she has stamina in her court, I just think she might turn it round.
There’s so much improvement in her, they really think a lot of her, she was a half-a-million purchase last year and I’ll be siding with Pretty Gorgeous, for sure.
They didn’t go too fast in Cadillac’s last race but the final furlong he put up was nearly two-and-a-half seconds quicker than Military Style on the same ground, course and distance and it was about two seconds quicker than Van Gogh as well.
He’s back on ground with a bit of ease, I think course and distance will suit him perfectly, stepping up in grade as well means he’s going to get a much better pace to go at as well.
I don’t think he quite liked the sedate pace that went in his maiden despite being pretty prominent in the run. If he’s half the horse we think he is he’ll take some beating here. He looked something else on debut so Cadillac here for sure.
Mutadaffeq’s off a pretty decent run. If you look at his last outing at Roscommon he could have been a little closer if he didn’t miss the second last. He travelled really powerfully to that point.
He’s off a good mark, he’s 117 over fences as well and he strikes me as the sort of horse who gets on sequences when they have the handicap that they want over hurdles and fences and this could be the start of it.
There’s not much here that has as much in hand as he does, 2m7f is just a little bit of a doubt for some, but I think it could improve Mutadaffeq. He’s stayed really well in all his races, he’s won a Beginner’s Chase on soft to heavy ground so there’s no worries in that.
A lot of these are in the grip of the handicapper, he’s certainly not, and this could be the first of many this autumn, hopefully.
Conor Murphy’s tips for Saturday’s Irish racing
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