Curragh hosts the Irish Derby this month just after Royal Ascot and there’s more thrilling Group contests to feature in the spectacular flat season.
The Irish Derby festival takes place on 24th June until the 26th June, but Saturday is when the big event takes place, with the winner taking home € 570,000.
Royal Ascot is still in the thick of the runnings but it’s certainly tempting to look over some ante-post odds and many runners at Ascot will be making the trip to Ireland in the next fortnight.
Curragh Cup Of Wales’s Stakes Betting Tip
Kyprios has an early entry in this 1m6f trip that clearly suits him, and even more famously won the Royal Ascot Gold Cup on Ladies Day.
It could be too much of a quick turnaround after justifying favoritism against the likes of Stradivarius as the Curragh Cup sets off on June 24th.
There are 47 runners in contention so far and that of course will be whittled down to make this an intriguing Group 2.
Burning Victory was also impressive at Ascot in fourth and clearly this Grade 1 hurdler could progress from that first flat run since October.
A drop in trip from 2m4f to 1m6f could suit as well with the mare by Nathaniel, having the pace to finish the race strongly and also has that winning mentality.
No odds are available at this early stage but there must be a slight temptation for this race for a few trainers that had a good running at Ascot, not just in the Gold Cup either.
But that’s not the case for the Irish Derby which has 68 early entries but a clear favorite already.
Irish Derby ante-post betting tip
The Irish Derby is for horses that haven’t been gelded and so opens the door for The Derby runners to give another go over 1m4f in Group 1 company.
Westover is the 2/1 favorite even with two weeks to go but the colt’s performance in behind Desert Crown at Epsom it’s no surprise to see the odds that short despite the amount of runners.
There’s also a few runners who could have gone better in that race, like Nahanni, but it’s difficult to go against this favorite while we await to see who will go down the Irish Derby route as opposed to going straight to Ascot in July for the Group 1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes for another British Classic.
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