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Joseph O'Brien: A New Dawn could get Sunday off to winning start at Curragh

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Betfair Ambassador Joseph O'Brien has seven runners at Curragh on Sunday, with more than one likely to be involved at the finish, as well as a solitary contender at Limerick...

"Stepping back up to a mile should suit A New Dawn and she looks to be the form pick, for all that there are a few unexposed maiden winners that look like smart prospects. It would be fantastic to win a stakes race with her and she looks to have a very good chance."

Curragh

Very good chance

14:40 - A New Dawn

A New Dawn has progressed really well in recent starts and was a little bit unfortunate to get nailed close home by our New York Girl in a Group 3 at the Curragh last time. Stepping back up to a mile should suit her and she looks to be the form pick, for all that there are a few unexposed maiden winners that look like smart prospects in there. It would be fantastic to win a stakes race with her and she looks to have a very good chance.

Third place would be a huge result

14:40 - Zofar Zogood

We are asking a bit of Zofar Zogood to step up to this level after one run in a maiden, but she has always worked like a nice filly and there is never too much downside and loads of upside to taking a chance like this. I thought she shaped with plenty of promise on her debut at Gowran Park considering she missed the kick quite badly and raced greenly. There should be good improvement in her from that and if she was to sneak into third place and get some black type it would be a huge result for her.

Will enjoy longer trip

16:25 - Eminent Authority

Eminent Authority ran well in stakes company earlier this season and we gave him a run in the Petingo Handicap at Leopardstown to see how he'd cope with a big-field handicap. He found the trip too sharp for him, but he did finish off the race really well. This longer trip will be much more like it for him and while he has plenty of weight, I could see him running well if he doesn't get too far back.

Another no nonsense run on the cards

16:25 - Shakespear'sgalley

Shakespear'sgalley has won three handicaps already this season and has shown that he is suited by this course and distance. We freshened him up after a slightly disappointing run in the Connacht Hotel Handicap at the Galway Festival and he seems in very good order. All being well he'll be given a no nonsense run and will still be in there pitching in the closing stages.

Ready for a big step up

16:25 - Linger

Linger has already had a very good season with his two wins at Galway Festival being the highlight. I thought he ran a great race under a big weight in the Ulster Cesarewitch last time and given he isn't overly big, being at the opposite end of the weights in this contest will be a help to him. This is a big step up in class, but I'd be hopeful he can run well.

Three wins in a row?

16:25 - Royal Aide

Royal Aide has really put it together in his last couple of starts, winning twice in the space of six days. We have had this race in mind for him since, but were worried that he might end up being out of the handicap. Thankfully the weights went up at the declaration stage and he has sneaked in off an ideal weight. He is stepping up in trip, but I'd be hopeful he'll be fine over it. There should be more to come from him, so hopefully he'll run a big race.

Likes the Curragh, so you never know

17:35 - Little Clarinet

Little Clarinet was very consistent for us in the main earlier this season. She has had a little freshen up since her last run and will hopefully finish the season with a bang. She seems to like the Curragh and has gone well when fresh, so she can hopefully get involved in what is a really competitive handicap.

Limerick

Should be competitive

15:25 - West Coast Time

West Coast Time was a bit disappointing on his return to hurdling at Listowel last time. He just seemed to run a bit flat there, so we've given him some time to freshen him up. He has always been a horse that wanted the ground as testing as possible and it finally looks like he'll get that for the first time in ages on Sunday. I'd be hopeful he can be good and competitive.

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