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Horse Racing Tips: Robbie Wilders' Curragh Saturday tips

The Irish Cambridgeshire headlines eight races at the Curragh on Saturday and Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders provides three fancies.

2.30 Curragh

Ocean Quest @ 4/1
1pt win

3.40 Curragh

Juncture @ 6/5
1pt win

4.15 Curragh

Monaasib @ 33/1
1pt each-way

Ocean can dampen rivals

The Group 3 Round Tower Stakes (2.30) will go some way to sorting out the juvenile pecking order in Ireland and Ocean Quest looks the one to side with for Jessica Harrington.

Ocean Quest made a winning debut over five furlongs at the Curragh but was unsighted for 128 days afterwards, suggesting she had a hold up in training.

However, her recent third in a lucrative 24-runner sales race at Naas was an excellent run for one so inexperienced and marked her down as a filly to follow who relishes a stiff six furlongs.

Ocean Quest will stay further in time but I'm sure six furlongs around the Curragh won't catch her out, and she can enter the reckoning for races like the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket down the line with victory here. She has made a bright start to her career and can only improve.   

More to come from Juncture

Seisai is an improving filly and will be the idea of the Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes (3.40) winner to many punters, although I don't subscribe to that notion.

Her official rating of 106 looks a little high for what she has achieved and she has never run to a Racing Post Rating higher than 103, whereas Juncture is improving and turned in a 105 on her last start. She rates the one to beat.

Juncture was thrown in at the deep end in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May but struggled in Group 1 company and has appreciated a drop in class the last twice.

She looked unlucky not to land a good fillies' handicap at this course on her next outing before returning from an 81-day break to give the high-class Boundless Ocean a scare when second in a Leopardstown Group 3.

Juncture has an extra furlong to contend with here but that shouldn't pose too many problems and she can get the job done. 

Monaasib the value in Irish Cambridgeshire

bet365 are offering a standout seven places for each-way betting in the Irish Cambridgeshire (4.15) and three-year-olds dominate the early betting.

Janoobi, Cowboy Justice and Good Heavens are all improving types for top yards, but I think it's worth having a play on Monaasib at a massive price.

This four-year-old was considered a Classic prospect at the beginning of last season and finished eighth to Mac Swiney in the Irish 2,000 Guineas just five runs ago.

It hasn't gone to plan for Monaasib since, as his official rating has dropped from 111 to 98, but the handicapper might have overreacted.

Monaasib had form figures of 9212 (including a close second to High Definition in the 2020 Beresford Stakes) at the Curragh before the Classic and is still pretty low-mileage for his age.  

He is drawn in stall 22 but high draws have fared well in the Irish Cambridgeshire of late, with four of the last six winners emerging from stall 19 or higher. 

It is also encouraging that his trainer, Kevin Prendergast, has three wins and a second from his last four runners. Monaasib is the forgotten horse in the field.

By Robbie Wilders

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