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Curragh Tips - Three big races covered on Sunday

  • Tips and predictions for the Curragh on Sunday 26th September
  • Two Group Three races will be staged at the Curragh on Sunday
  • Punters will then sink their teeth into the Joe McGrath Handicap
  • Cigamia, The Mediterranean and Dream Today feature amongst our tips
The Mediterranean (right) stays on for third in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York. (Getty)

Flat racing fans will look to the Curragh for their fix of pattern-race action on Sunday. The Weld Park and Loughbrown Stakes take place at Ireland's oldest race track this weekend, as does the thrilling Joe McGrath Handicap sprint.

We've taken a look at the three feature races at the Curragh on Sunday and picked out our best betting tips.
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  • Curragh Tips - Sunday 26th September
  • Race 1 - Weld Park Stakes Tips
  • Race 2 - Loughbrown Stakes Tips
  • Race 3 - Joe McGrath Handicap Tips

Curragh Tips - Sunday 26th September

Race 1 - Weld Park Stakes Tips

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Sunset Shiraz has placed at Group One level, but her will to win has to be questioned. Albula looks an excellent prospect too, but I'm not convinced that this drop down to seven furlongs will really suit.

With question marks against many ahead of her in the market, I'm going to take a chance and back CIGAMIA each way.

Willie McCreedy's filly went off as a 33/1 shot on debut at Naas. Having travelled smoothly on the inside, Billy Lee's mount was forced to swerve down towards the stand's rail to make her challenge. Once she hit open air, Cigamia powered home, beating a decent yard-strick in Past Time by almost five lengths. 

McCreedy's filly clearly has some ability and, if she handles this step up in grade, then I see no reason why she can't run another mighty race.

Race 2 - Loughbrown Stakes Tips

Dual Irish St Leger winner, Search For A Song failed in her bid to land a hat-trick in that Classic two weeks ago, but she's still greatly respected. She may, however, have a hard time giving seven pounds to THE MEDITERRANEAN, who looks every inch a two miler.

Aidan O'Brien's colt was fancied by many shrewdies to run well in the St Leger, after staying on gamely from the front to finish second behind Yibir in the Great Voltigeur Stakes. Wayne Lordon's mount was a little slowly away and couldn't find his preferred pitch at the head of affairs. Hurricane Lane proved far too classy on the day, but The Mediterranean plugged on gamely to finish a solid third.

Although his dam was a Group One-placer over a mile, this strapping colt has improved each time he's been stepped up in trip, and The Mediterranean could relish this extended distance.

Race 3 - Joe McGrath Handicap Tips

As usual, this looks a wide-open renewal of the Joe McGrath. A case can be made for plenty, but the one who appeals most for me is DREAM TODAY.

Having been a miler in his youth for Mark Johnston, Dream Today was switched back to sprinting distances when he joined Jamie Osbourne, winning decent handicap prizes at Goodwood and out in Meydan.

Dream Today made the move to Adrian McGuinness' yard in January. On his seventh start for the yard, Cian MacRedmond guided his mount to victory in a competitive six-furlong contest at Fairyhouse back in June.

Following a 65-day break, Dream Today finished fourth in the Mourne Handicap at Dundalk, and stayed on for sixth after hitting traffic in the Sovereign Path Handicap during Irish Champions Weekend last time out. MacRedmond retains his spot in the saddle, and his seven-pound claimer will make a massive difference.

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