RACE: Your guide to Friday’s Irish Derby action at the Curragh

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The Irish Derby takes center stage this weekend and the action kicks off with a great card on Friday night. The race starts at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 8:28 p.m. with a competitive card throughout.

The ground is currently good, good to firm in places and watering is in progress at track level to maintain the ground. There is also a rain forecast on Friday. We’ve previewed the action and you can find more odds at BonusCodeBets

The indisputable highlight of the card is the €120,000 Group 2 Curragh Cup over 14 stadiums. Aidan O’Brien has three runners in the race who are led by Wordsworth who finished seventh in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot last week. It’s a quick turnaround but it deserves attention.

He is joined in the race by Sussex who finished sixth in a Group Three event at the Curragh in May and Temple Of Artemis who showed a willful attitude to land a handicap over a 12 furlong long distance at Chester in May.

Joseph O’Brien is doubly represented with Gear Up and Master Of Reality. The former impressed in the success at Gowran Park last time out and has to come into the reckoning with Master Of Reality who were a solid fourth in the Curragh-listed company in May and are open to further improvements. Sunchart, Manu Et Corde and Camorra complete the eight starters in the event.

The opening Maiden over six furlongs at 5.00pm sees Aidan O’Brien saddle 115,000gns to buy Victoria Road who were fourth on their Roscommon debut and look open to more improvement. St Kitts is a son of Irish Oaks Bracelet winner and is making his debut in this class.

Yosemite Valley is a fascinating runner for Donnacha O’Brien being a half-brother to Piz Badile, while Spirit Genie must also be top of the list for Jessica Harrington. Second at Fairyhouse in May, he is joined by €75,000 National Emblem purchase making his debut in this event.

Amo Racing also has an interesting newcomer Indestructible that cost €150,000 and looks like a smart guy on paper.

The Fillies Maiden at 5.35pm is also an interesting event with Aidan O’Brien saddled Never Ending Story who is a daughter of American goalscorer Athena and formed with great promise when third at the Curragh on her debut. Dower House also represents O’Brien and is a fascinating debutant behind a sister to brilliant English and Irish 2000 Guineas winner Churchill.

€68,000 purchase Gypsy Woman is another draw for her Sandy Creek debut that ties into the Stone Age. Johnny Murtagh also has two interesting newcomers in the €72,000 purchase Signora Bellissima and Sea The Moon which was bred by the Aga Khan.

Curragh Selections

5:00 p.m. – Victoria Road

5:35 p.m. – Neverending story

6:08 p.m. – All in the head

6:43 p.m. – Wordsworth

7:18 p.m. – Tudor City

7:53 p.m. – Morning approach

8:28 p.m. – Kazakdaria

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