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Curragh Tips - Tips for the Group Twos on Sunday

  • We've published our tips for the Curragh on Sunday
  • Two Group Twos headlines the action on July 18th
  • Current Option is our selection in the Minstrel Stakes
  • We also fancy Create Belief to win the Kilboy Estate Stakes
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Ben Coen riding Create Belief win The Sandringham Stakes on Day Four of the Royal Ascot. (Getty)

Sunday's card at the Curragh is headlined by two top-quality Group Two races. The Minstrel Stakes was first run back in 1988, while the much newer Kilboy Estate Stakes has been won by classy horses like Dank, Wedding Vow and Magical.

We've taken a closer look at Sunday's feature races and picked out our best betting tips.

Curragh Tips - Sunday 18th July

Race 2 - Minstrel Stakes Tips

Current Option E/W2:10pm Curragh Romanised Minstrel Stakes (Group 2) 7fGET 7/1 HERE
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Older horses have won 15 of the last 20 renewals of the Minstrel Stakes, so it's no surprise to see two sitting atop the betting. Order Of Australia ran like he needed the run at Royal Ascot and will have to shoulder a penalty over the shortest trip he's ever faced. Njord is a regular over seven furlongs, but I fancy he would prefer the ground to be much softer than it is.

CURRENT OPTION beat Njord when they clashed at Galway last summer, and he's maintained a high-level of form since. Adrian McGuinness' star won a Group Three on his final start of 2021, and followed the impressive Lancaster House home in the Gladness Stakes here at the Curragh in April.

McGuinness sent his five-year-old over to Haydock for the Spring Trophy last time out, and Current Option looked to be coming with a telling challenge, only to get bogged down by the heavy Haydock ground in the closing stages. Gavin Ryan's mount will appreciate better ground on Sunday and he's certainly been overlooked in the market.

Race 5 - Kilboy Estate Stakes Tips

Create Belief3:55pm Curragh Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2) 1m1fGET 2/1 HERE
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In contrast to the Minstrel, three-year-olds have a strong record in this Group Two, winning six times in the last decade. That trend only strengthens CREATE BELIEF'S position at the head of the market, and Johnny Murtagh's Royal Ascot winner will take all the beating.

Having won both her starts over a mile this season, Create Belief went into the Sandringham as a 6/1 shot. Ben Coen's positioned his mount behind the leaders on the stands rail, and when he asked Create Beilief to put the race to bed she responded brilliantly, powering home to win by over five lengths.

This will be the quickest ground Creat Belief has ever faced and her only defeat this season came on good ground. Yet, there's no reason why this daughter of Awtaad can't produce her best on better going and on ratings she's head-and-shoulders above the competition.



Create Belief looks excellent value at 2/1 to win the Kilboy Estate Stakes, while Current Option offers plenty of each-way value at 7/1 in Sunday's Minstrel Stakes.

2021 Minstrel Stakes Tips: Current Option Each-Way @700.00 at BetMGM - 8 Units
2021 Kilboy Estate Stakes Tips: Create Belief Straight Win @200.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 15 Units

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