Timeform Radio Tip: Morawij for Curragh glory.

Rory's best bets come at the Curragh.

Rory Delargy heads to the Curragh for his best bets on Saturday...

"With the strong possibility of further improvement, and blessed with natural pace, Morawij looks poised to go well against a field of exposed sprinters."

Best bet at the Curragh on Saturday comes in the shape of Morawij in the Group 3 Sapphire Stakes at 17:50. The Newmarket raider was a top sprinting juvenile, and has proved better than ever this year, running a big race on his return in the Temple Stakes when in need of the run, and building on that effort when winning a listed contest at Sandown last time.

Morawij had little to spare at Sandown having been given the plum draw, and it's easy enough to knock the bare form, but it's worth noting that he posted an excellent timefigure in that contest, and one which none of his more experienced opponents have matched in recent times. With the strong possibility of further improvement, and blessed with natural pace, he looks poised to go well against a field of exposed sprinters.

Slade Power is preferred in the betting, and is still on the up himself, but he's never raced over the minimum trip, which must be a disadvantage against pure-speed merchants, while Maarek is best with some ease in the ground, and was below form on a sound surface at Royal Ascot. My idea of the most likely spoiler is Move In Time, who wasn't beaten far in the King's Stand at the Royal meeting, and is proving most reliable since switching to the yard of David O'Meara. Consider him, and Medicean Man, for exotics.

The Paddy Power Sprint at 16:45 looks wide open at first glance, but one who very much catches the eye is the Ger Lyons-trained Burn The Boats, who was very unlucky in a competitive 1m handicap here last time, when travelling best of all, but unable to open up fully due to traffic problems. That's a possible scenario again today, but with speed on either side of the track in this 6f event, he looks certain to get a good tow into things (courtesy of Dick Bos), and the field should be well enough spread out for him to pick his way through. He also travelled very strongly on his handicap debut over 6f at Haydock, and a strongly-run race at this trip will probably suit him ideally.

With plenty more improvement to come from this lightly-raced sort, he looks a sound investment at current odds. The aforementioned Dick Bos is feared, but may be forced into going too fast in front, and the biggest danger may be another unexposed sprinter in the shape of Mississippi. His yard landed the Gosforth Park Sprint last night with Magical Macey, and Mississippi really ought to have won at Doncaster last time, when making his effort a fraction too late to reel in the winner. He's very well treated on that evidence, and a draw in stall 21 puts him close to the pick of the pace. 

Both at the Curragh
Back Morawij @ 5.49/2in the 17:50 (NAP)
Back Burn The Boats @ 14.5 & Mississippi @ 11.521/2 in the 16:45

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