Portage installed as favourite for Sunday's Tote Irish Cambridgeshire

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Portage installed as favourite for Sunday’s Tote Irish Cambridgeshire

August 26, 2015

26th August 2015

Portage installed as favourite for Sunday’s Tote Irish Cambridgeshire

The Mick Halford trained Portage has been installed as 7/1 favourite for Sunday’s Tote Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh. A recent winner at Ascot, he is one of 41 horses still in the race following yesterday’s entry stage for the 100,000 euro contest.

Halford also is responsible for Eastern Rules and second favourite Hasanour who has already won two valuable handicaps at the Kildare track this year.

Halford will keep an eye on the weather this week before making a decision on final running plans but hopes to have some representation in the race.

“I’ll be keeping an eye on the ground as my three would have a preference for decent ground but who knows what the week will bring and they are in good form as we speak and it’s a fantastic pot,” Halford said.

“Hasanour loves the Curragh and he’s done very well in the past and this has been his target for a while. He has been in great form. Portage came out of his Ascot win really well and he seemed to handle an ease in the ground at Ascot better than I expected. This has been his target as well. “A mile probably stretches Eastern Rules but that being said, it is a great prize and he has also done well at the Curragh in the past.”

Three-year-olds Algonquin, trained by Jim Bolger and Cape Wolfe, trained by Ger Lyons look to be stand out entries having both won on each of their last three outings and Lyons appears set to have a strong hand in Sunday’s race as he is responsible for nine of the horses standing their ground,

Also on Sunday’s Curragh card the second and third placed fillies from the Group Two Kilboy Estate Stakes could clash again as Bocca Baciata and Brooch are among the 12 in the Group 3 Dance Design Stakes which also includes Easter, Fluff and Outstanding from Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle.

Last weekend’s impressive Curragh maiden winner Smash Williams may be set for a quick reappearance in the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes for Jim Bolger as the colt appears among 11-entries, seven of which are previous winners, while How High the Moon is one of 24 entries in the Flame of Tara Stakes.

Tote Irish Cambridgeshire
Paddy Power, official betting partner of the Curragh Racecourse: 7 Portage, 9 Hasanour, 10 Unsinkable, Algonquin, 12 Have A Nice Day, 14 Ayaar, Cape Wolfe, Champagne Or Water, Vastonea, Hidden Oasis, Katimavik, 16 bar

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