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Curragh Horse Racing Tips for Sunday: Fallen Angel features in Andrew Cooper's best bets

It’s the third and final day of The Curragh’s Guineas meeting on Sunday, with the Irish 1000 Guineas the highlight, and Racing Post tipster Andrew Cooper has three fancies on their eight-race card.

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Sunday’s Curragh Horse Racing Betting Tips and Odds

13:25 – Cold Hearted @ 10/3
14:00 – Shelaka @
15:45 – Fallen Angel @

13:25 – Cold Hearted @ 10/3

The opening 6f fillies maiden can go the way of Jessica Harrington once again (she landed it with a subsequent Group 1 winner in 2019 and a future Listed winner in 2020) courtesy of Cold Hearted.

It was surprising to see her trade quite as short as she did (2.84) on her debut at Naas last month but it was a most promising start.

Trying to close in from the rear with the first and second stealing a march more towards the far side, she kept on nicely for third despite battling a touch of greenness.

Sparkling Sea and Fairy Godmother, who filled the first two places, battled out the finish of a Group 3 at the same track last weekend and the ninth went in at 50/1 next time.

In short, a maiden for Cold Hearted looks a formality.     

14:00 – Shelaka @ 7/2

Dermot Weld and Aga Khan’s Shelaka is a half-sister to a couple of nice types who ran to peak Racing Post Ratings of 115 and 107 and there are reasons to think she can rate a fair bit higher than a mark of 85 in time.

Both of those half-siblings improved with time; indeed Shelir posted his peak figure at the age of seven and Shekhem on his fifth and final start.

The betting suggested Shelaka wouldn’t be making a winning debut at Tipperary last August and she was giving up experience to an odds-on Coolmore runner.

She got the job done though and the pair pulled three lengths clear of the third.

Thrown into the deep end in a Group 3 15 days later, she failed to give her running and that was it for the season.

Her return second was perfectly acceptable as her conqueror was a recent winner and Shelaka was getting just a 5lb fillies allowance from a runner who is now rated 100.

Back against her own sex and returned to 1m from 7f, she should take a bit of beating.     

15:45 – Fallen Angel @ 11/2

Fallen Angel is on a recovery mission after finishing just eighth when sent off favourite for the 1000 Guineas three weeks ago but I suspect we’ll see a different animal in the Irish equivalent.

I didn’t think she looked as in love with the Rowley Mile as she did with the July course when winning a Group 3 last year and given she won the Moyglare here on her final juvenile start, beating the reopposing Vespertilio, there’ll be no excuses on that score.

She also made her effort earlier than ideal at Newmarket as the 28/1 winner, 11/1 second and 33/1 fourth, who was a big eyecatcher, came from much further back.

Ramatuelle, who finished third and ran a similar race to Fallen Angel for the first six furlongs, went for home a long way out and would surely have won if ridden colder.

Karl Burke, who is represented by Darnation in the German 1000 Guineas, has always held her in high regard and will no doubt be pleased to see that plenty of rain is due to hit the Curragh over the weekend.

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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