Pat’s Picks – Super Sunday €1 Million Pick 6


Sunday’s Tote Pick 6 Selection

With Sunday’s Tote Pick 6 likely to swell to around €1.5m, and the race card at the Curragh looking a lot more appealing than Gowran Park last week, it would be well worth investing a few Euro before 1.50pm on Sunday afternoon.

With two impossible looking handicaps to finish the Pick 6 a ‘banker’ strategy may be the best way to proceed, in order to ensure sufficient numbers running for you in all other races.

The card kicks off at 1.50pm with a 7f maiden and Finn McCool is ridden, perhaps significantly, by Ryan Moore. He has been a little disappointing thus far but remains a very highly regarded colt down in Ballydoyle. Of the newcomers, Treaty Of Vienna – a colt by New Approach from Jim Bolger’s stable – and The Eagle, a regally bred colt by Oasis Dream out of a Galileo mare, should give the likely favourite most to do.

Banker No.1 comes in the shape of Eziyra in the Group 3 Weld Park Stakes. This filly was only just touched off by Sea Of Grace in what could turn out to be a very high-class running of the Flame Of Tara at the Curragh at the end of August. The rest were well beaten off and Dermot Weld’s chestnut should be extremely hard to beat.

Day 2 of the Galway Festival
Eziyra and Declan McDonogh winning the Colm Quinn BMW EBF Fillies Maiden Galway Festival Photo: Patrick McCann 26.07.2016

A very wide-open running of the Renaissance Stakes with none of the nine runners ruled out with any confidence. Flight Risk has all of the ability of a Group 1 horse but has yet to put it all in. A fine fourth behind Awtaad last time out reads well here. In Salutem rarely, if ever, runs a poor race here and may just be ready for this step up in class. The Happy Prince, though, is the one to beat following his second in a Group 2 at Doncaster last time out.

Banker No.2 comes in the shape of Capri for Aidan O’Brien in the Beresford Stakes. It may be dangerous to bank on one when he has four running but this Galileo colt has looked high-class on every visit to the racecourse and can bring up the hat-trick under Ryan Moore.

Excitement will definitely be starting to build for anyone that’s safely negotiated the first four legs and now it gets difficult!! You’ll be looking at a minimum of four selections here – headed by Theophilus who has a great record when fresh and returns off a 4lb lower mark than his last flat run. Udogo continues to improve for Joseph O’Brien and will be dangerous under Sarah O’Brien. Theo’s Well ran a race full of promise behind Dew Line at Listowel last week and will be hugely fancied under Patrick Mullins. Time For Mabel completes the quartet of selections.

A twenty-runner 5f sprint to finish off what will be an historic Pick 6 for Tote Ireland. All of the usual suspects line up here and it’s a real pin-stickers job! Sors has improved no end this season but may be a bit high in the weights. Master Speaker is a regular in these and will be a big danger from the plum draw in 19. Tithonus is another rapid improver this year and Gary Halpin takes off a valuable 3lbs. The vote, however, goes to Tylery Wonder under Pat Smullen. Horse & jockey won this last year from a 1lb higher mark and this 3-time course winner can make it course win number 4.

In summary:


Best of Luck!

Play on


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