Timeform Irish SmartPlays: World set to Rule at the Curragh

Ruler Of The World can follow up his Epsom win.

Timeform's Irish team advise three bets on tonight's excellent card at the Curragh...

"Ruler of The World will take some beating here, and could improve further still..."

The 16:15 at the Curragh is a particularly competitive handicap for fillies and mares, in which Curly Wee is taken to return to winning ways after a couple of promising runs this season. Gathering Power is going the right way and could give the selection most to do, while Lily of Kenmare can stay on into a place. Curly Wee, a winner of a Cork maiden as a juvenile, caught the eye here on return and left with too much to do when strong-finishing third at Navan last time. She looks ready for the step up to 7f and wears first-time blinkers here.

Morawij is on an upward curve and the decision to skip Royal Ascot can pay dividend against more exposed rivals in the 17:50, the Group 3 Sapphire Stakes. Morwaij was a smart juvenile who has progressed again this year, following close sixth in Temple Stakes with impressive listed win at Sandown last time. The suspicion is that he has more to come, and he looks to boast leading claims here.  

Aidan O'Brien's 3 previous Epsom Derby winners, namely Galileo, High Chaparral and Camelot, all followed-up in the Irish equivalent and Ruler of The World, who was arguably value for more than the 1½ length winning distance 4 weeks ago, looks set to add to that tally. It wouldn't be a surprise if Libertarian and Galileo Rock are the ones to chase him home again. Ruler Of The World won his maiden here (1¼m) in April before landing the 4-runner Chester Vase, and improved again to take the Derby at Epsom 4 weeks ago. He will take some beating here, and could improve further still. 

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at the Curragh
Back Curly Wee in the 16:15
Back Morawij in the 17:50
Back Ruler Of The World in the 18:30

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