Timeform’s three best bets for Sunday 23 May



Timeform provide the three best bets at the Curragh on Sunday.

“…he looks to have plenty in his favour with a good-value claimer taking over in the saddle…”

Timeform on Fame And Acclaim

Broome – 14:40 Curragh

Broome proved at least as good as ever when completing a hat-trick in the Mooresbridge Stakes at this course three weeks ago, leading over two furlongs out and keeping going well to land the spoils by two lengths in comfortable fashion. Broome comes up against a couple of very smart stablemates here in Serpentine and Tiger Moth, but he has race fitness on his side and is seemingly the first string from Ballydoyle judged on jockey bookings. He can bring up his fourth win in a row but his first at the top level for Aidan O’Brien, who is seeking his seventh success in this Group 1 since 2010.

Pretty Gorgeous – 15:15 Curragh

Pretty Gorgeous won three of her five starts as a two-year-old and showed smart form when last seen winning the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in October, beating Indigo Girl by half a length with the subsequent 1000 Guineas winner Mother Earth back in third. That form sets the standard in this line-up, while the small ‘p’ attached to her Timeform rating denotes that she is still open to more improvement. Therefore, this looks a good opportunity for Pretty Gorgeous to make a winning start to her three-year-old campaign, especially as she has already demonstrated her effectiveness on soft going.

Fame And Acclaim – 16:20 Curragh

Fame And Acclaim ran right up to his best when second in a competitive handicap over this course and distance last month, keeping on well to be beaten just a neck. That race was run on fast ground, but the testing conditions here are unlikely to be an issue given that he won on soft going last season. Crucially, Fame And Acclaim can also race from the same mark here as he did last time, so he looks to have plenty in his favour with a good-value claimer taking over in the saddle at a track which clearly plays to his strengths.