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2020 Irish Cesarewitch Tips - Two against the field at the Curragh on Sunday

  • We take a look through the betting for the 2020 Irish Cesarewitch
  • Run For Mary is the 11/2 favourite to win the feature race at the Curragh on Sunday
  • Willie Mullins' Royal Illusion returns to defend his crown
  • We pick out two horses to back at each-way prices
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The Curragh races. (Getty)

We take a look through the field set to contest the feature handicap on Sunday at the Curragh, and pick out two Irish Cesarewitch tips.

The day after another winner of the Cesarewitch was crowned at Newmarket, the Curragh racecourse stages the Irish equivalent of this historic staying handicap. Viewers can expect another thrilling renewal of this two mile event on Sunday, and the betting is looking as competitive as ever.

2020 Irish Cesarewitch Odds


Name
Best Odds
Top Bookie
Run For Mary11/2William Hill
Shoshone Warrior13/2William Hill
Cape Gentleman15/2BetVictor
Royal Illusion12/1bet365
Kaatskill Nap12/1BetVictor
Golden Spear12/1bet365
Bar14/1

*Odds taken on 10/10/20*

Run For Mary tops the betting for Sunday's feature. Charlie Byrne's mare won a two-mile handicap at Bellewstown in July, before finishing just behind future Group One winner, Princess Zoe at the Galway Festival. A Byrne's runner sitting on such a short price always has to be respected, and Sam Ewing's claimer leaves the favourite carrying just 8-6.

While Run For Mary boasts leading claims, that price is a little on the short side for me. So, here are my two against the field for the 2020 Irish Cesarewitch.

2020 Irish Cesarewitch Tips - Tip 1



In the last five years, Willie Mullins has won the Cesarewitch at Newmarket twice, and the Irish Cesarewitch on three occasions. Royal Illusion struck for Ireland's Champion Jumps Trainer 12 months ago, but I think it could be worth siding with KAATSKILL NAP this time around.

After being off the track for the best part of two years, Mullins' charge returned to action in a two-mile handicap here at the Curragh in June, where he understandably faded late on, but still finished a creditable eighth of 16. A smashing victory over hurdles at the Galway Festival followed, before Kaatskill Nap finished last of five on his most recent run at Killarney.

Considering how long he'd been out of action, Mullins will have been pleased with Kaatskill Nap's reappearance run here at the Curragh. This flat-bred gelding looks well-handicapped off his mark of 84, and the booking of Shane Foley - who won this race on Brazos in 2019 - looks typically shrewd.

2020 Irish Cesarewitch Tips - Tip 2


Danger Money2020 Irish Cesarewitch Tip 2GET 18/1 HERE
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Despite giving away plenty of experience to their elders, three-year-olds have a decent record in the Irish Cesarewitch. Four of the last ten editions of this handicap have been won by the younger brigade, and I fancy a punt on DANGER MONEY at a tempting each-way price.

Andy Oliver's colt improved with each of his three runs in maidens. At Tipperary in August, Danger Money defeated a very useful National Hunt horse in Dewcup, outstaying his rival over 12-and-a-half-furlongs on soft ground.

Danger Money then found things a lot more difficult in two Listed races, but fifth and sixth place finishes behind top-quality horses like Pista and Galileo Chrome are not results to be sniffed at. 

Oliver's charge is by Nayef, a very good producer of stayers. He's also a half-brother to Dandino, who won the September Stakes, the American St Leger and the Group Three Queen's Cup down in Australia. 

His breeding suggests he should improve again for this step up in trip. Danger Money has experience running in large-field events and Gavin Ryan, who was in the saddle the day Danger Money beat Dewcup, takes a valuable three pounds off his back.
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16 March 2021