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2014 Irish Oaks at the Curragh

As the rain pours down across parts of the UK, leaving us at Bonus Betting wondering if we'll need a dinghy to do our weekly shop, everyone will be hoping for some late afternoon sun as all eyes turn to the Curragh for the Irish Oaks.

Setting off at 17:45, the race promises to be a little more open than we expected after the withdrawal of Taghrooda in favour of running at next weekend's King George Stakes. Previously the stone cold favourite, the field, which contains many of her previous victims, now stand a chance of fighting it out amongst themselves.

Stepping up to the plate as favourite is Tarfasha, beaten into second by Taghrooda at Epsom but probably the pick of the remaining runners.

She stayed on well in that race, bringing home the one-two finish for owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. This race will be a stiffer test but it's an opportunity for her to demonstrate her quality out of the shadow of her stablemate.

We think she has the goods to bring home the trophy, so we'd recommend a trip to Paddy Power who are currently the only bookie offering better than 9/4.

You can pick her up for the win there at 5/2, not a huge increase in return but it all adds up!

Second favourite Volume didn't quite hold out to the end at Epsom, having done her best to stay with Taghrooda and ending up being caught by Tarfasha.

That's not to say she's out of the running here though. Some think the undulating nature of the Epsom circuit didn't do her any favours, and she might run stronger today.

She certainly has the pedigree and the form to do so, and she continues to improve, making her an extremely tempting option if you think she was ill served last time out.

The best price we've found for her is 9/2, which is being offered over at Boyle Sports.

Finally, we'd pick out Tapestry for your consideration.

She showed plenty of promise in her early career but has had a few troubled runs since then.
There are no great claims for stamina in her pedigree but if she can recapture her early form then she's at a much longer price than she deserves.

It's certainly a long shot, but at 11/2 over at Coral it's very tempting to pick her up.

Thursday Racing Preview - Doncaster

Today's evening racing promises to be highly enjoyable, especially in the lovely evening sunshine currently bathing the UK.

Enjoy it while you can, as we're expecting rain and thunderstorms over the weekend which may well render some of the upcoming meetings tricky to judge.

Tonight, however, we've picked out a race at Doncaster that we think is particularly exciting.

The 20:10 6f Novice Stake only has five entries but it promises to be a close run thing.

Current favourite Osaila has never raced against male opponents previously, and being the only runner who isn't already a winner might not bode well.

However, her form of late has been excellent, and demonstrates a filly with great potential.

She recently ran to fifth in the Albany at Royal Ascot against some fairly useful opposition, and prior to that was a good second over five furlongs in Nottingham.

If she can reproduce that form there's every reason to think she might run out the winner today, and that's why she's firm favourite at the bookies.

If you want to back her the best odds we've found were at Stan James, who are offering you 10/11 for the win.

Second favourite is Geordie George, who has also shown promise.

He has shown well on all kinds of ground thus far, winning in Ripon on heavy going and coming second in Newcastle on good.

The winner of the Newcastle race went well in Newmarket last week, so if Geordie George can back up his showing there's every chance he can be first across the line.

There's definite potential to improve, so why not head over to William Hill who are offering a tempting 7/2?

Finally, we come to our choice pick for the race.

Surewecan doesn't have a lot of experience but what he has has all been at the front.

He came in second on his debut in Ayr, and then went one better at Hamilton in a reasonably strong victory.

He hasn't been tested on different ground, but given that today's race should be on good or good to firm we have no qualms about recommending you pick him up for the win.

We're expecting to see more progress from Surewecan today so we'd recommend a visit to BoyleSports who are offering a very decent 11/2 on him to take the win.

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