Phoenix Stakes tips and best bets from Paddy’s pundits for Saturday’s 4.15 at the Curragh

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The leading juveniles bid for Group 1 glory in what looks set to be a red-hot Phoenix Stakes on Saturday.


Saturday’s 16:15 at the Curragh brings together a number of form lines from earlier in the season with the Coventry Stakes, Windsor Castle and Railway Stakes all providing pointers for punters.

The Phoenix Stakes looks a proper puzzle but our horse racing tipsters are here to give you a steer with their best bets. You can find their fancies plus the latest prices on our snazzy widgets below.


Phoenix Stakes tips

Matt Chapman: This is a cracker. BLACKBEARD was only fourth behind Bradsell and Persian Force in the Coventry at Royal Ascot and can’t beat those two on that form. But I suspect he didn’t run to his best that day and he was right back to looking a monster at Chantilly last time in Group 2 company. The son of No Nay Never stays well and might be a different proposition here to at Ascot now that he is back on home soil.

Frank Hickey: The Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot has worked out incredibly well for the winner, BRADSELL. The second, Persian Force won the July Stakes; the third Royal Scotsman won the Richmond Stakes and the fourth, Blackbeard, won the Group 2 Robert Papin. Little Big Bear brings Windsor Castle winning form into the race and that has worked out really well also.

Timeform: BRADSELL is the only unbeaten runner in this Group 1 contest and Archie Watson’s impressive Coventry winner can maintain his unblemished record at the chief expense of Aidan O’Brien’s improving Little Big Bear who bids for a four-timer. Persian Force, Blackbeard and Shartash can fight it out for minor honours.

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