ADAM KIRBY: Curragh Sunday

Down the road to Chelmsford on Saturday for six booked rides, then I’m flying over to Ireland on Sunday for two rides on their card.



DAPHINIA (1.40pm)

Will hopefully get the weekend off to the perfect start as she looks to hold a great chance on the formbook. She made a winning debut at Wolverhampton in April and then showed real class when chasing home Signora Cabello in a Listed race at York. She then struggled in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot but is back after a break and this is a much more realistic level for another win. We know she handles the all-weather, so hopefully it will be all systems go.

CHAGATAI (2.15pm)

He bounced back from a disappointing run at Goodwood to win a handicap for me at Kempton last time out and he’s up 4lb for that success. This is a really competitive race though and he’s meeting stiffer opposition than at Kempton but can hopefully run another big race.

EQUIDAE (2.50pm)

He did seem to struggle on his handicap debut at Kempton so you question whether he’s on a tough mark. Drops back in trip which I think is a positive together with the fact he is lightly raced and there might be some further improvement there.

RUFUS KING (3.25pm)

Really competitive class two handicap which has brought together a strong field. My fella was still in contention before getting hampered over course and distance last time out and is probably value for much more than the formbook would suggest. He previously was a winner over the mile trip here and I’m hopeful he can play a big part again today.

FAYEZ (4.35pm)

Tops the weights but hasn’t shown much sparkle in his recent races. Hopefully the first time cheekpieces will rekindle his interest. Global Art, a recent course winner, might be one of the biggest dangers.

KONIGIN (5.10pm)

I’m riding the filly for the first time for Luca Cumani. She shaped well here last time out when third to Artarmon over 1m 6f. She’s still lightly raced and hopefully capable of further improvement.



AL QAHWA (2.00pm)

An absolute cavalry charge to start Sunday’s card and Al Qahwa is back for more after his superb second to Ice Age in this last year. He appreciated give in the ground 12 months ago, which we’ll hopefully get again. Ice Age is back for more so we have to worry about him….. and the other 23 !!


I won this last year on Snazzy Jazzy. It’s a really valuable sales race for connections and Getchagetchagetcha should hopefully run a big race. He’s only had the four starts this season. After making a winning debut at Ascot he has been mixing it at the top level, finishing 11th in the Coventry at Royal Ascot before an excellent fourth to Dark Vision in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Andrew Balding’s Flashcard in unbeaten in two starts at Salisbury and is another British raider that should go well.

Good luck



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