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Johnny Ward's Irish Angle: Get ready for a Power surge at the Currragh

By Johnny Ward
Fri 16 Apr 2021

We've a high-quality card at the Curragh on Saturday, with a rare example of Aidan O'Brien running a horse just seven days after a winning debut.

There's a hint of his old boss, Jim Bolger, about O'Brien declaring the exciting Cadamosto in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race (2.00) after his win at Dundalk last week, while he also unveils a son of Kodiac in Glounthaune (1.30). Both will be ridden by Ryan Moore.

The Group Three Holden Plant Rentals Alleged Stakes sees Broome bid to further make up for lost time but I've an each-way alternative. Be lucky.

3.10 Curragh: Bowerman

Broome was very good on his return and he looks the most likely winner, but Bowerman appeals each-way.

He rarely runs a bad race, is a course winner and travelled strongly to win at Dundalk and Doha on his past two starts.

This has likely been his plan since and he has plenty in his favour. He's quite unexposed over ten furlongs and has plenty of pace for the distance.

4.15 Curragh: Fil The Power

A really solid horse. He has sometimes flattered to deceive, but he goes well at the Curragh and hacked up in a maiden recently, looking as if he had potentially improved at four.

A strongly-run mile looks perfect for him, and he is well up to a big performance based on his previous handicap run over farther.

5.25 Curragh: Equipped

Aidan Howard had a 14 per cent strike-rate with his turf horses in 2019 and managed to do even better (17 per cent) last year. They are striking figures for the Curragh trainer, who still seems underrated.

He might be able to improve this mare out of Mick Channon's and she rarely runs a bad race. She should be ready to go at decent odds.

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