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Curragh afternoon racing tips: Best bets for Saturday, April 6

The Flat season in Ireland is kicking slowly into gear and on Saturday afternoon the focus will be on the Curragh.

Flat HQ boasts an eight-race card, with action from 13:45-17:35 set to be headlined by the Group 3 Alleged Stakes at 14:55. Ahead of the Irish action, Enda McElhinney has tips for all eight races for Planet Sport readers

Don't forget to check out the full racecard, results and live odds in Planet Sport's racing live centre.

Good luck and please gamble responsibly.

(Please be aware selections could become non-runners after article's first publication)


13:45 (Curragh) Usdi Atohi

Little in the way of form for this early-season maiden but some handsome price tags associated with the likes of California Dreamer, Cradle Of Love and Usdi Atohi.

The last-named is a Ten Sovereigns filly and a sister to a 2YO winner over this minimum trip. Donnacha O'Brien's charge may be best placed on this occasion.


14:20 (Curragh) Glen Process

Donnacha O'Brien and Gavin Ryan have a clear chance again here with newcomer Uncanny – a daughter of Churchill – but Johnny Murtagh's Glen Princess also makes solid appeal on paper and edges a slender verdict.


14:55 (Curragh) Village Voice

There should be some value in siding with Village Voice in the feature race, the Group 3 Alleged Stakes over a mile-and-a-quarter.

The Jessica Harrington-trained filly won first time up last season at Navan on testing ground and signed off with a Group 3 success at Saint-Cloud on very soft ground in October.

She returns as a four-year-old with scope for further progress and has plenty in her favour under Shane Foley.


15:25 (Curragh) Mr Rango

Mr Rango is a former course winner and ended last season going close over track and trip on what proved his final start for Ross O'Sullivan.

He caught the eye on his comeback over 7f at Naas staying on for third and should build on that for his new handler. He tends to do his best stuff when the mud is flying and will relish conditions.


16:00 (Curragh) Eclipse Emerald

This 6f maiden has some more substance about it compared to the two earlier on the card. Fozzy Stack saw Holy Roman Emperor colt Eclipse Emerald run a cracker on debut over C&D (heavy) in October when second of 20 behind Samuel Colt from the Aidan O'Brien team.

Stablemate and third home, Shandy, came out beat 17 rivals at Cork recently to give the form a boost and this promising sort may follow suit.


16:35 (Curragh) Evening Blossom

Ballydoyle newcomer Opaque warrants a close look in the betting but Evening Blossom ran well on debut here over 7f (soft) in her one outing as a juvenile, finishing third in a race that has thrown up a

host of subsequent winners. The daughter of Australia should progress from that now and Joseph O'Brien's challenger is bred to do better at this distance.


17:05 (Curragh) Tough Talk

Given the promise shown as a 2YO, including chasing home subsequent Group 1 winner Blackbeard over this C&D on second start, last season was not perhaps what connections would have hoped from Tough Talk.

The Moyglare Stud-owned son of Kingman only had three starts in 2023 and they certainly weren't devoid of promise.

The handicapper has eased him a generous 4lb ahead of this come back and he could be one to keep onside for Ger Lyons and Colin Keane in his four-year-old campaign.


17:35 (Curragh) Carlo Bianconi

A cracking puzzle to round things off, with Joseph O'Brien and Dylan McMonagle fancied to provide the answer via Carlo Bianconi.

The twice-raced gelding has been second in both instances, latterly at Dundalk in January over 1m2½f on the Polytrack, form franked by the winner scoring again next time, and an opening mark of 78 is workable for a horse that has already run well on soft ground.


Curragh selections in full:

Curragh: 13:45 Usdi Atohi, 14:20 Glen Process, 14:55 Village Voice, 15:25 Mr Rango, 16:00 Eclipse Emerald, 16:35 Evening Blossom, 17:05 Tough Talk, 17:35 Carlo Bianconi

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