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EXPERT RACING TIPS: CURRAGH

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Rory Flanagan

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BACK: 1. AUGUSTE RODIN (WIN) for 5 units (Rated at $2.00)

He’s such an enigma but when he turns up and puts in, he’s unbeatable. His debut when he had no idea what to do was the only time he’s been beaten when he’s not been eased out of a race. He’s a 4x G1 winner, and we’re taking a coin toss price about him turning up to race and if he does, he wins. White Birch wants it wet, Elegant Man wants synthetic and Lumiere Rock wants an easy lead which probably won’t come due to Hans Andersen being inserted as pacemaker. All signs point to this being ideally set up for Auguste Rodin and I am happy to bet even money.

3. Cold Hearted
6. Heavens Gate
8. January
11. Red Veil

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BACK: 3. COLD HEARTED (WIN) for 3 units (Rated at $2.50)

The form from COLD HEARTED’s debut has been stacking up strongly with the front pair finishing 1-2 again in a G3, and she has her chance to confirm it here with the main danger coming from Aidan’s Heavens Gate. Most punters I expect will step into the favourite who profiles well being a Churchill stepping up a furlong so take Cold Hearted at BSP.

2. Snellen
1. Asian Daze
4. Flight Of Fancy
9. Zaynab

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BACK: 2. SNELLEN for 1 unit (Rated at $7.00)

Just wait and see with this one and don’t bet if the track ends up soft. SNELLEN wants bone dry ground and hasn’t shown any form on anything else, so if the rain has cut in then forgot backing it. Conversely, ZAYNAB wants it bottomless so if we get major downgrades then that is the play.

7. Rogue Millennium
5. Ocean Jewel
6. Orchid Bloom
1. Girl Racer

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BACK: 7. ROGUE MILLENNIUM (WIN) for 4 units (Rated at $2.00)

ROGUE MLLENNIUM showed great form last season and has finished in the front two on good ground 5 times out of 7 starts. She was solid to Teme Valley and Jospeh O’Brien for a lazy $3,000,000 and this winnable G2 kicks off her 4yo black type broodmare campaign. Drawn well, she can sit 3rd on the rail and peel out at the right time and sccot off with the prize.

1. August Rodin
8. Lumiere Rock
7. White Birch
3. Elegant Man

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BACK: 1. AUGUSTE RODIN (WIN) for 5 units (Rated at $2.00)

He’s such an enigma but when he turns up and puts in, he’s unbeatable. His debut when he had no idea what to do was the only time he’s been beaten when he’s not been eased out of a race. He’s a 4x G1 winner, and we’re taking a coin toss price about him turning up to race and if he does, he wins. White Birch wants it wet, Elegant Man wants synthetic and Lumiere Rock wants an easy lead which probably won’t come due to Hans Andersen being inserted as pacemaker. All signs point to this being ideally set up for Auguste Rodin and I am happy to bet even money.

1. A Lilac Rolla
14. Vespertilio
7. Fallen Angel
9. Opera Singer

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BACK: 1. A LILAC ROLLA (WIN) for 2 units (Rated at $5.00)

A LILAC ROLLA looked the goods as a 2yo and managed to knock off the favourite for this in Opera Singer at this track last season. I don’t believe they should be so far apart in price considering the setbacks for Opera Singer and A Lilac Rolla winning fresh who has a fitness edge from that run. Drawn ideally under gun Colin Keane, she should be bang there in the finish and appreciate the going.

BACK: 14. VESPERTILIO (WIN) for 2 units (Rated at $4.50)

There is a lot of disrespect being shown to Vespertilio’s form and I’d have her priced favourite. She sat wide on a woeful track in the French Guineas, lunging and just missing with a huge run compared to the rest of the field who stayed in relatively unchanged positions and other horses wide that day offered little. She’ll be rock hard fit and with the pacemakers Coolmore are likely to send out here for Opera Singer and to rattle the cage of Fallen Angel, she could be the one who maps best to burst down the outside and reverse the Moyglare form.

4. Mundi
1. Chief Little Rock
6. Spoken Truth
7. Stromberg

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BACK: 4. MUNDI (WIN) for 2 units (Rated at $3.00)

I thought when noms came out that Wayne Lordan would be on Mundi and Ryan Moore would be on Chief Little Rock but they’ve reverse that and I am pleased to be wrong as I thought Mundi’s debut was far better than it looks. Normally not a fan of first time synth to turf, but Galileo progeny usually offset that. Chief Little Rock will bowl along here and give him something to chase and the rest of the field have questionable good ground credentials and have been running in some sub-par swampy heats.

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