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ODAY'S Irish Derby is effectively a rematch between three of the first four horses home in the Derby.

TI wrote after the Epsom Classic won by Anthony Van Dyck that there was no superstar three-year-old in the current crop and that placings could quite easily be reversed if the race was run again.

GAMBLING WISDOM "How to win at Well, today the race will be run again at the Curragh and I'll be backing the same horse I backed at Epsom BROOME.

Lay off for a and then quit unknown In my preview I said: "Broome was the Aidan O'Brien horse all the other Aidan O'Brien horses had to beat".

A fact I think that still stands with five of the eight runners today trained by master of Ballydoyle.

I'd love to know which one of his horses he's backing.

The pace, as well as the race itself, will be set by O'Brien horses.

Expect a strong gallop from the start by the likes of Norway and Sovereign, ensuring it's a truly run contest.

Eight may run but there are only three who can win, the first, second and fourth at Epsom Anthony Van Dyck, Madhmoon and Broome.

Anthony Van Dyck just stayed on the best of that trio in the Derby after Seamie Heffernan made the decisive switch to the rail.

Many pundits believe we'll have the same outcome but I'd be reluctant to back Anthony Van Dyck at around the evenmoney mark.

GAMBLING: few weeks, for good" That's mainly because Broome will sweep past him when it matters and is around three times the price.

If you watch the Epsom race again you'll see that Broome was restless in the stalls, conceded a lot of ground at the start and also went very wide at the turn.

When he was asked the question he made rapid ground and seemed to stay on again in the final few yards.

I think he'll be very difficult to beat in a small field where the trainer's son Donnacha can track his two main rivals.

Madhmoon cannot be discounted but I

THE Northumberland Plate might sound like an item brought expectantly to the Antique Roadshow, but it is in fact one of the richest two-mile handicaps in the world. The winner of the 'Pitmen's Derby', will pocket over PS90,000 and, as ever, has attracted some decent entries. There's been a massive gamble on Roger Varian's Gibbs Hill and I'm not sure why. He won last time at Kempton and has been gelded since, but that victory was way back in the summer of 2017. It's a tough ask to come back after such a long layoff and win this competitive affair. King's Advice has won all six of his starts since joining the Mark Johnston yard. Can he make it a magnificent seven today? I'll be backing PROSCHEMA, proven on the all-weather surface, at a double-digit price.

Dyck that there year-old best of that trio Heffernan switch GAMBLING WISDOM "How to win at gambling: Lay off for a few weeks, and then quit for good" unknown

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Date:Jun 29, 2019
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