This weekends action from the Curragh marks the official opening of the upgraded Curragh. I was there for the May bank holiday and I thought the new facilities were a huge upgrade compared to the old Curragh.
The feature race of the weekend is the 2,000 Guineas off at 3:35. This race sees the clash between Magna Grecia and Too Darn Hot, and will be shown on ITV racing and RTE. I think Magna Grecia is the one to be with. He was last seen winning the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier this month. His two year old form is also very strong. He won the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket last year beating the subsequent French 2,000 Guineas winner Persian King. He is a dual Group 1 winner and I think he can add another here at 6/4.
Race one off at 1:50
Value Chain finished second in the first Juvenile race of the year at Naas, finishing behind Red Epaulette. Red Epaulette has since ran good races in defeat behind some nice horses. I think with the experience of a race under his belt he is the one to beat at 9/2.
Race two off at 2:25
Hammersmith ran a nice reappearance to finish third at Naas earlier this month. The form of that race looks to be working out very well. The first, fourth and sixth have all came out of that race and won since. With natural progression from his reappearance I think he will go close at 9/1.
Race three off at 3:00
Ardhoomey ran a good reappearance at Naas last month finishing fourth over five furlongs which is probably on the sharp side for him these days. That was his first run since July last year. I would expect him to come on plenty for the run. It’s hard to believe it was three years ago when he won the Flying Five Group 2 here. The return to six furlongs will suit and I think he will go close at 13/2.
Race five off at 4:10
I Can Fly looks very hard to oppose. She has had three runs this season with one win at Dundalk first time out . I think it’s fair to say she didn’t run her race in Meydan when finishing down the field. Her sixth last week in the Group 1 Lockinge sets the standard and if she reproduces that, I think she will win at 5/4.
Race six off at 4:45
Downdraft was highly tried as a three year old, running in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris last July. He won nicely on his reappearance at Dundalk earlier this month. He carries a lot of weight here but I think he will be able to go close. I’d expect him to come on for the run at Dundalk and stepping back down to 10 furlongs is a plus. I think he will go close at 4/1.
Race seven off at 5:20
Karasi has never finished out of the top three and I don’t think that will change here. He made a nice reappearance finishing third in a good race with a few of those running again today. He finished ahead of Ferretti receiving 1lb but now races against him receiving 5lbs so I think he will beat him again. He will come on for the run too, I think he will go close at 9/1.