Who To Follow At The Curragh On Sunday - 16/04/23

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Curragh - April 15 2023
Curragh 15:20
Jamie Powell


J: Jamie Powell
T: James McAuley
Age: 5
Weight: 8-7
OR: 74
Days: 10

The penultimate selection of the afternoon from the Curragh comes in the 6f Handicap and the bottom weight Tawaazon looks to hold a big chance.

Moved to trainer James McAuley in March, he made his debut for the yard at Dundalk just four days later and was an impressive winner off a mark of 65.

Upped to a mark of 73 he made it back to back wins on the all weather this time over 5f, beating the same rival by four lengths.Running off his turf mark of 67 at the end of March at Navan on heavy ground he finished a good second of 18 in a big fielded handicap.

Bumped up a further 3lb when last seen at Bellewstown again on heavy ground, he got back to winning ways in impressive style.

Up a further 8lb to a mark of 78, talented claimer Jamie Powell takes 5lb off so effectively he is only 3lb higher and that might not be enough to stop him in these conditions.


Trainer To Follow - Joseph O'Brien

Leading dual purpose trainer Joseph O'Brien sends some nice runners to the Curragh on Sunday and that makes him the trainer to follow on Sunday.

The yards first runner of the afternoon comes in the 1m2f Maiden and Deakin was a good third last season on seasonal debut on soft ground and should build on that now a year older.

In the Alleged Stakes Visualisation is a heavy ground specialist who was a good Listed winner last time out and can now step up into Group Three company.

O'Brien then runs two in the Group Three Gladness Stakes with Goldana a nice recruit from Germany who will love conditions and also Hannibal Barca will be looking to bounce back to form.

Jockey To Follow - Seamie Heffernan

Seamie Heffernan could be set for a good day on Sunday at the Curragh with no Ryan Moore and him having the first choice of the Ballydoyle runners.

In the opener he sits on the unraced son of Wootton Bassett River Tiber who could turn out to be useful and then in the 1m2f Maiden he gets the leg up on Cape Bridgewater who has been second on his last two runs.

Heffernan then rides next in the penultimate event of the afternoon which sees him aboard Roaming Star who was a good fourth on debut at Dundalk and can build on that.