Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire tips and runner-by-runner guide to Saturday’s big race at the Curragh

Swot up on the horses as the Flat returns with a bang!

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A maximum field of 27 runners are set to go to post in the Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire on Saturday – and you’ve come to the right place to swot up on the contenders!

We’re sponsoring the first big handicap of the Flat season in Ireland, which takes place at the Curragh at 4.16pm, and a prize of €59,000 is on offer to winning connections.

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Layfayette, the winner of last year’s renewal, is not back to defend his crown but 2020 champion Bowerman is among seven hopefuls for Co Dublin trainer Ado McGuinness.

You’ll find Timeform’s horse-by-horse analysis and Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire tips from the racing boffins below.

Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire runners

Current Option

Trainer: Adrian McGuinness Jockey: C. J. MacRedmond Age: 6 Weight: 10st 2lbs

Third of 4 in minor event (5/1) at Dundalk (6f) 43 days ago. Significantly back up in trip. Hood back on. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Carrytheone

Trainer: John Patrick Murtagh Jockey: S. B. Kelly Age: 5 Weight: 10st 0lbs

C&D winner. Latest win at Gowran in September. 5/1, below form 7 lengths ninth of 16 to Masen in listed race at Leopardstown (7f, good). Off 154 days.

San Andreas

Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: H. J. Horgan Age: 6 Weight: 10st 0lbs

Didn’t need to improve to win 5-runner minor event (8/11) at Dundalk (8f) 15 days ago by 1¾ lengths from Casanova, pushed out.

Saltonstall

Trainer: Adrian McGuinness Jockey: C. T. Keane Age: 8 Weight: 9st 11lbs

C&D winner. Fourteen runs since last win in 2020. 4/1, respectable neck second of 8 to Agitare in minor event at Naas (7.9f, heavy). Off 146 days.

Agitare

Trainer: J. S. Bolger Jockey: K. J. Manning Age: 5 Weight: 9st 9lbs

Career best when winning 8-runner minor event (10/1) at Naas (7.9f, heavy) by neck from Saltonstall. Off 146 days. Not easy to make a case for.

Casanova

Trainer: Adrian McGuinness Jockey: Adam Caffrey Age: 6 Weight: 9st 8lbs

Latest win at Punchestown in September. 9/2, creditable 1¾ lengths second of 5 to San Andreas in minor event at Dundalk (8f) 15 days ago. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Laelaps

Trainer: Mrs J. Harrington Jockey: Shane Foley Age: 4 Weight: 9st 8lbs

Latest win at Listowel in September. Respectable 2¾ lengths fourth of 8 to Agitare in minor event (11/1) at Naas (7.9f, heavy). Off 146 days.

Tazaral

Trainer: D. K. Weld Jockey: C. D. Hayes Age: 4 Weight: 9st 8lbs

Lightly-raced winner. 9¾ lengths tenth of 11 to Visualisation in listed race at Listowel (9f, good to soft, 10/1). Off 6 months. Makes handicap debut. Plenty to find on form.

Raadobarg

Trainer: John Patrick Murtagh Jockey: Ben Martin Coen Age: 4 Weight: 9st 7lbs

Three wins from 6 runs last year. Sixth of 9 in handicap at Kempton (8f, 7/2), needing stronger gallop. Off 178 days. First run for yard after leaving Roger Varian. Tongue strap on 1st time.

Bowerman

Trainer: Adrian McGuinness Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 8 Weight: 9st 5lbs

C&D winner. Nine wins from 29 Flat runs. Latest win at Dundalk in February. 3¼ lengths third of 5 to San Andreas in minor event at Dundalk (8f, 2/1) 15 days ago.

Sirjack Thomas

Trainer: Adrian McGuinness Jockey: J. Coen Age: 7 Weight: 9st 5lbs

C&D winner. 8½ lengths last of 13 to In From The Cold in handicap at Leopardstown (8f, good, 28/1), missing break. Off 154 days. Needs a couple of these to falter.

In From The Cold

Trainer: Michael Mulvany Jockey: J. Kearney Age: 5 Weight: 9st 3lbs

28/1, respectable 6¾ lengths fourth of 8 to Highland Charge in Kingsfurze Novices’ Hurdle at Naas (15.4f, heavy) 13 days ago. Back down in trip. Can make presence felt.

Quizical

Trainer: Ms Sheila Lavery Jockey: R. C. Colgan Age: 7 Weight: 9st 3lbs

Sixteen runs since last win in 2019. Creditable fourth of 18 in handicap at Doncaster (7f, soft, 40/1). Off 140 days. Merits consideration.

Star Harbour

Trainer: Adrian McGuinness Jockey: G. M. Ryan Age: 4 Weight: 9st 1lbs

Tenth of 12 in handicap (25/1) at Dundalk (8f). Off 169 days. Looks competitive on form.

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Yermanthere

Trainer: Patrick T. Foley Jockey: L. T. McAteer Age: 4 Weight: 9st 0lbs

Winner at Cork in September. 7¾ lengths fifth of 8 to Agitare in minor event (11/2) at Naas (7.9f, heavy). Off 146 days. Uphill task.

Yafordadoe

Trainer: Gavin Patrick Cromwell Jockey: G. F. Carroll Age: 6 Weight: 8st 13lbs

Course winner. 6/1, running below form when fell in handicap hurdle at Down Royal (16.9f, soft) 147 days ago. Off 147 days. Significantly down in trip. Cheekpieces back on. Enters calculations.

Miss Myers

Trainer: M. C. Grassick Jockey: Jack Cleary Age: 5 Weight: 8st 11lbs

5/1, won 9-runner handicap at Sligo (10.2f, good). Off 7 months. Back down in trip. Others more persuasive.

Ransom

Trainer: Denis Hogan Jockey: J. M. Sheridan Age: 5 Weight: 8st 11lbs

Lightly-raced winner. Tongue strap on for 1st time, first run since leaving Sir Michael Stoute when respectable sixth of 11 in handicap at Dundalk (8f, 11/1) 29 days ago. Looks competitive on form.

Rebel Step

Trainer: A. Slattery Jockey: A. J. Slattery Age: 4 Weight: 8st 10lbs

28/1, 18¼ lengths last of 7 to Fil Dor in Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown (16f, soft) 90 days ago, unable to sustain effort. Fairly useful on the Flat, bit below form on last Flat run.

Ahandfulofsummers

Trainer: J. A. Stack Jockey: W. M. Lordan Age: 4 Weight: 8st 9lbs

Didn’t need to improve to win 12-runner maiden (evens) at Tipperary (9f, heavy), staying on well. Off 173 days. Makes handicap debut. Will find this tougher.

San Martino

Trainer: G. M. Lyons Jockey: S. P. Davis Age: 4 Weight: 8st 7lbs

5½ lengths last of 6 to Star Harbour in minor event at Killarney (8.2f, good, 3/1), finding less than looked likely. Off 8 months. First run for yard after leaving Aidan O’Brien.

Star Of Cashel

Trainer: Adrian McGuinness Jockey: N. M. Crosse Age: 5 Weight: 8st 7lbs

9/2, respectable fourth of 13 in handicap at Limerick (8f, heavy). Off 168 days. First run for yard after leaving J. A. Stack. Has good chance on pick of form.

Comfort Line

Trainer: Michael Mulvany Jockey: Wesley Joyce Age: 5 Weight: 8st 7lbs

Fifteen runs since last win in 2020. 20/1, eleventh of 16 in handicap at Naas (10f, heavy). Off 146 days. Cheekpieces on 1st time. Others preferred.

Luke Short

Trainer: Noel Meade Jockey: D. E. Sheehy Age: 5 Weight: 8st 7lbs

Very good third of 20 in novice hurdle at Cork (16f, heavy, 7/2) 146 days ago. Off 146 days. Fairly useful on the Flat, creditable on last Flat outing.

True Artist

Trainer: G. O’Leary Jockey: N. G. McCullagh Age: 4 Weight: 8st 7lbs

Eleventh of 16 in maiden at Gowran (7f, soft, 5/2), lost all chance at start. Off 10 months. Cheekpieces on 1st time. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Fil The Power

Trainer: Kevin Michael Smith Jockey: L. F. Roche Age: 5 Weight: 8st 7lbs

One win from 22 Flat runs. Eleven runs since last win in 2021. 16/1, ninth of 14 in handicap at Dundalk (8f) 15 days ago, merely passing beaten rivals. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Loingseoir

Trainer: M. C. Grassick Jockey: R. P. Cleary Age: 6 Weight: 8st 7lbs

C&D winner. Three wins from 10 runs last year. 9/1, bit below form eighth of 16 in handicap at Naas (10f, heavy), unable to sustain effort. Off 146 days. Very hard to make a case for.

Dare To Flare

Trainer: A. Slattery Jockey: Reserve Age: 6 Weight: 8st 7lbs

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Prince Of Verona

Trainer: Denis Hogan Jockey: Reserve Age: 4 Weight: 8st 7lbs

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Adapt To Dan

Trainer: L. Smyth Jockey: Reserve Age: 6 Weight: 8st 7lbs

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Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire tips

Timeform: The pick of the seven Adrian McGuinness-trained contenders could be STAR OF CASHEL, who wasn’t beaten at all far when fourth in this race 12 months ago and is 5 lb lower in the weights this time round. Stablemate Bowerman landed this prize in 2020 and has claims with Ryan Moore booked, but it’s another fellow inmate of the McGuinness yard, Saltonstall, who rates the main danger. Raadobarg is interesting on his first start for Johnny Murtagh and his stable companion Carrytheone also merits respect.

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