The Mandarin’s Sunday Selections from The Curragh, Newton Abbot & Auteuil

The Curragh

Staffordstown Stud Stakes (Listed) 1.20
Sunset Shiraz
She ran with credit to finish runner-up to Concert Hall in the Weld Stakes, leading into the final furlong but collared close to the line. The step up to a mile here could help to see her home, and this Listed contest looks a shade easier, the one to beat

Paddy Power Irish Cesarewitch 3.05
National Ballet
Aidan O’Brien’s Deep Impact colt has long given the impression that he’s crying out for a staying trip like this, so, although he heads into unchartered waters, it may well pay to give him the chance. Deep Impact won at this trip in a Group 1 contest at Kyoto, and the selection seemed full of running at 12 furlongs when winning at Limerick, and gets to run of a featherweight load here. Solid each way claims at the least from his top stable

Sentinel Ireland Handicap 4.15
Bill Farrell’s Starspangledbanner filly has been in top form this term, having only once finished out of the top three in seven starts. She arrives at The Curragh on a hat-trick, and with course form and over six furlongs has to be respected. Chris Hayes in the saddle only adds to the appeal

Newton Abbot Racecourse @ Derek Harper: Geograph

Newton Abbot

Aubrey Loze Memorial Intermediate Chase 1.30
Bravemansgame (nb)
It’s the best race on the card, where Paul Nicholls’ Bravemansgame makes an eagerly anticipated start to his career over fences. He’s a Grade 1 winner over timber, having landed the Challow Hurdle at Newbury last year in stunning fashion, and this soft going should hold no fears. Nicky Henderson’s Fusil Raffles is a top opponent, but Bravemansgame gets almost a stone advantage, so early season honours can between the rival trainers are up for grabs with Paul Nicholls staking the major claim

William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap Hurdle 2.02
Crossley Tender
Paul Henderson’s eight year old gelding had a great campaign last year, and although better known as a chaser these days, he might still have more wins in him over hurdles. The ease underfoot will suit and he has winning form on this track, so expect a late run to get into the frame at the business end of things. Super each way claims Novices’ Handicap Chase 2.37
Tallow For Coal
The lightly race Tallow For Coal should make into a decent chaser, starting here, and is sure to improve for the move into this discipline. He’s plenty of form on soft ground, so the chance is taken on debut over the bigger obstacles


Prix Carmarthen Hurdle (Grade 3) 3.25
L’autonomie (nap)
The French Champion trainer sends out L’autonomie, who is in search of her fifth straight win on this track. She knows every blade of grass around here, and will no doubt take her usual path out wide, before notching up yet another win here. She’s very hard to oppose, and it would be a huge shock if she didn’t get to the winners’ enclosure yet again

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