The Saturday card at the Curragh had to pass a morning inspection due to a threat of heavy downpours, but the course didn't get as much rain as was anticipated on Friday night, and the going was predominantly good to yielding ahead of the weekend action.
There are eight races on Sunday's card including two Group 3 contests and a Listed race. Racing Post tipster Dave Randall outlines his best bets on the card.
Ger Lyons is six from nine with his runners in Sunday's Listed 5f Curragh Stakes for juveniles since 2013 and that excellent record improves to four from five when only considering the fillies he has sent to this race since 2014 (+£6).
Four of his winners in the past decade arrived after only one or two runs and all of the six had already won over the minimum trip.
Lyons's representative this year is STORM MIAMI. The daughter of Blue Point made her debut early in July on decent ground at Naas where she flashed late speed to get up right on the line.
She failed by a nose to land the Listed 5f Marwell Stakes on her return to that track on soft ground 18 days later, doing all of her best work near the finish in an improved effort.
The selection is open to more progression on her first start at the Curragh and that may give her the edge over likely dangers Rush Queen and Alabama. Colin Keane takes the ride and he has a 20% strike-rate for the Lyons yard.
Aidan O'Brien was operating at a strike-rate of 24% (8-34) in the 14 days prior to racing on Saturday and he is 4-13 with his runners in Sunday's Group 3 1m2f Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh since 2013, including through the classy filly Found in 2015.
Three of his four winners in the past decade were three-year-olds who had already won at the Curragh beforehand. O'Brien's representative this year is the three-year-old filly UNLESS, who stepped up to this 1m2f trip successfully over this course-and-distance last week when keeping on well to land a first Listed success.
The selection is two from 10 overall, but those two wins have come in her last four starts, suggesting the daughter of Justify may still have her best days ahead of her. She was likeably on top passing the post last week and a first Group success feels within her reach.
Ryan Moore is riding for O'Brien in Deauville on Sunday and Seamie Heffernan, who has an 18% strike-rate for O'Brien, is on board.
Three-year-olds are 6-31 compared to a 4-30 record for older horses in this contest since 2013. The six-year-old Layfayette is considered the biggest danger to the selection with Colin Keane in the saddle.
Five places are available when betting each-way on the penultimate race on Sunday's card, the 19-runner 6f sprint handicap for three-year-olds and upwards.
All four previous winners since 2019 were older horses carrying between 9st 6lb and 10st 1lb, and three of those were drawn in the lower half of the draw, so the eight-year-old NORDIC PASSAGE carrying 10st and drawn in stall one has a few factors in his favour before mentioning his likeable form chance.
He is 15lb lower than when winning over this course-and-distance on yielding ground in the summer of 2020 and displayed his current wellbeing with a recent extremely close second in a Racing League handicap at Chepstow.