Curragh – Irish Oaks Day Previews & Best Bets

Teaplanter previews Irish Oaks Day at the Curragh and his best bets include Brando and Radio Silence.

Curragh 2:55

This maiden has seen some superstars introduced over the years and the roll of honour includes Teofilo, New Approach and Australia. Whether there is another star here is an unknown at the moment, but there are some choicely bred types contesting it.

Taj Mahal was very well backed for his debut, but the brother to Gleneagles did not impress at all, despite allowing for the fact that he ran green. He makes little appeal even though the money seems to be coming again.

Lightening Fast is not surprisingly attracting market attention being by Frankel out of a high class mare trained by Lyons, but we will side with the Ballydoyle second string here. Capri is a full brother to the ill-fated Jamaica and the very useful middle distance 3 year old Sovereign Parade. He is likely to want at least a mile at two, but this is a stiff 7 furlongs and he is very well entered up in the coming months, as well as obviously being in the big races next season. Market support would obviously be a help closer to the off as a gentle Seamie ride is not what we want here, but with such an appealing and strong stamina laden pedigree, he looks a nice each way bet here.

Advised Bet:

0.5 points each way Capri at 12/1 with Bet365

Curragh 4:05

Mecca’s Angel looks to have plenty in hand at the weights based on official ratings and might be a little bigger than expected at 15/8. However she was somewhat disappointing last time and I would not be hugely keen to get involved here.

With Sole Power not looking the force of old, this looks a race that could see Brando confirm his rapid improvement by tasting his first Group 2 success. After a very good run in the Wokingham, he won much more easily than the margin suggested last time at Sandown. If Tom Eaves adopts more patient tactics here, we could see further improvement and he should take plenty of beating. The price is a little shorter than expected, so we will keep stakes low, but he is an exciting improving sprinter and he can confirm this before possibly taking in the Nunthorpe next time.

Advised Bet:

1 point win Brando at 15/8 with Bet365 and Racebets

Curragh 4:40

This is an exciting race as we have the proven form of Psychedelic Funk and Peace Envoy pitted against the huge potential of Radio Silence.

Of the two market leaders, we much prefer Psychedelic Funk, as his form is much better and Ger Lyons has a strong line with Peace Envoy, through Medicine Jack. However Radio Silence looked a really exciting horse on his debut at Leopardstown last week. He was very well backed throughout the day and he travelled through the race with consummate ease. He was clearly green when asked to quicken, but he strode out impressively and the race was over very quickly, with Kevin Manning able to ease him down close home. That was a lovely introduction and he should come on a great deal for the run. This should hopefully not come too soon, and with the ground likely to be on the faster side of good and the track allowing him to use his long stride to better effect, he could upset the front two and confirm himself a really exciting juvenile.

Advised Bet:

1 point win Radio Silence at 87/2 with Stan James