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We’ve got our name on the Paddy Power Scurry Handicap once again and a bumper field of 17 runners are set to scrap it out for a share of the £100,000 prize pot.
Last year’s renewal threw up a shock winner as Major Power defied a starting price of 50/1 to get the better of 15/2 fancy Hightimeyouwon by a head.
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The betting for Saturday’s 2.35pm at the Curragh is wide open with the likes of Andreas Vesalius, who was placed at Group 3 level as a two-year-old last season, hat-trick seeker Coumshingaun and the experienced Mr Wagyu towards the top of the market.
You’ll find our handy runner-by-runner guide to the field plus Paddy Power Scurry Handicap tips from our pals at Timeform below.
Paddy Power Scurry Handicap runners
Trainer: Joseph G. Murphy Jockey: G. F. Carroll Age: 6 Weight: 10st 0lbs Draw: 15
Won Group 2/3 sprints here last season. Yet to fully fire this term, 5¼ lengths sixteenth of 24 to Naval Crown in Platinum Jubilee Stakes (125/1) at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) 28 days ago. Only his second go in a handicap (held in this in 2019 first occasion).
Trainer: John Patrick Murtagh Jockey: S. McCullagh Age: 7 Weight: 9st 11lbs Draw: 7
C&D winner. Eighth of 18 in handicap (25/1) at this course (5f, soft) 20 days ago. Back up in trip. Down 4 lb and interesting more so under good 5 lb claimer.
Trainer: John Quinn Jockey: Jason Hart Age: 7 Weight: 9st 10lbs Draw: 10
Likeable sprinter who resumed winning ways in 6f handicap at Epsom in June. Creditable fourth of 26 in Wokingham (28/1) at Royal Ascot (6f, good to firm) 28 days ago. Big shout.
Trainer: K. J. Condon Jockey: William James Lee Age: 4 Weight: 9st 8lbs Draw: 5
4/1, creditable second of 6 in minor event at Tipperary (5f, good to soft) 17 days ago. Back up in trip. Something to find on form.
Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: J. Coen Age: 3 Weight: 9st 6lbs Draw: 4
Excellent second of 10 in handicap (7/2) at Naas (5.9f, good) under this rider 24 days ago, just failing. Cheekpieces on 1st time. Latest form has worked out and he’s very interesting.
Trainer: Charles O’Brien Jockey: D. E. Sheehy Age: 5 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 11
C&D winner. 16/1, good second of 18 in handicap at this course (5f, soft) 20 days ago. Back up in trip. Not taken lightly.
Trainer: Denis Hogan Jockey: J. M. Sheridan Age: 7 Weight: 9st 3lbs Draw: 9
50/1 and blinkered for 1st time, 7¾ lengths sixth of 10 to Teresa Mendoza in listed race at this course (6f, good) 21 days ago, unable to sustain effort. Has dropped plenty in the weights and was rated 111 at his peak in Germany.
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Trainer: Adrian McGuinness Jockey: C. J. MacRedmond Age: 7 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 13
Latest win here in March. 25/1, eleventh of 18 in handicap at this course (5f, soft) 20 days ago. Back up in trip. Needs a big revival.
Trainer: Kieran Patrick Cotter Jockey: Declan McDonogh Age: 4 Weight: 9st 1lbs Draw: 16
Latest win at Cork in May. 11/2, creditable 2½ lengths fifth of 16 to Coumshingaun in handicap at this course (6f, soft) 20 days ago. On the rise although this is tougher.
Trainer: Miss Natalia Lupini Jockey: W. M. Lordan Age: 9 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 6
C&D winner. 8½ lengths thirteenth of 16 to Coumshingaun in handicap at this course (6f, soft, 12/1) 20 days ago.
Trainer: Sarah Lynam Jockey: M. P. Sheehy Age: 7 Weight: 8st 9lbs Draw: 2
C&D winner. Off 9 months, last of 9 in handicap at Fairyhouse (6f, good to soft, 20/1) 36 days ago. Visor back on.
Trainer: G. M. Lyons Jockey: C. T. Keane Age: 3 Weight: 8st 9lbs Draw: 3
Latest win at Cork in May. 18/1, creditable third of 18 in handicap at this course (5f, soft) 20 days ago. Back up in trip. Stable in good form. Should go well again.
No More Porter
Trainer: J. J. Feane Jockey: K. J. Manning Age: 4 Weight: 8st 8lbs Draw: 8
C&D winner. 10/3, creditable fourth of 18 in handicap at this course (8f, good) 21 days ago, needing stronger gallop. Back down in trip. Cheekpieces on 1st time. Good record here and got to be respected.
Trainer: J. F. Levins Jockey: N. M. Crosse Age: 7 Weight: 8st 8lbs Draw: 1
C&D winner. 33/1, creditable 1¾ lengths second of 16 to Coumshingaun in handicap at this course (6f, soft) 20 days ago, suited by way race developed. Cheekpieces on 1st time.
Trainer: Kevin Thomas Coleman Jockey: J. A. Powell Age: 3 Weight: 8st 7lbs Draw: 14
2 wins from 5 runs this year. 10/1, career best when winning 16-runner handicap at this course (6f, soft) 20 days ago by 1¾ lengths from Nordic Passage. No reason why she won’t go well again.
Mickey The Steel
Trainer: Joseph Anthony Murray Jockey: Wesley Joyce Age: 4 Weight: 8st 7lbs Draw: 12
Remains a maiden after 21 Flat runs. 2/1, good second of 13 in maiden at Fairyhouse (6f, good) 6 days ago, no match for winner.
Trainer: John Patrick Murtagh Jockey: C. D. Hayes Age: 5 Weight: 8st 7lbs Draw: 17
10/3, good third of 9 in handicap at Limerick (7f, good) 9 days ago. Cheekpieces back on.
Paddy Power Scurry Handicap tips
Timeform: MR WAGYU is better than ever, running another mighty race having got a good position in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, and another big effort looks on the way. Urban Beat lurks on a tempting mark and can go well. Andreas Vesalius and No More Porter are also of firm interest.
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