Preview of racing at the Curragh including the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas

By Luke (@lukekeena1)

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Racing on Friday comes to us live from the Curragh with the opening Classic of the season in Ireland. The Tattersalls 2,000 Guineas takes center stage with eleven runner heading to post. The Ger Lyons trained Siskin is the favourite and is hard to look past.

This son of First Defence was a very good two year old , who was unbeaten for the year. He rose through the ranks and finished the season winning the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes over six furlongs at the Curragh. He showed a great attitude to fight off Monarch Of Egypt and Royal Lytham. This will be the first time he races over the mile but I think he will have no issues with it. He looks like he will be very hard to beat and the 5/2 available may look to have been a good price after the race.

At a bigger price, I think Royal Lytham will run a good race. This son of Gleneagles appears to be the fourth string for Ballydoyle but I would give him a massive chance. He showed a great attitude to win the Tattersalls July Stakes at Newmarket in July of last year. He finished off the season in the Phoenix Stakes when he ran a good race to finish third. It is clear to see in the replay that his saddle slipped and he didn’t have the clearest of passages home. That being said, he kept on gamely after being passed by the first and second. I think the step up to a mile will suit and he could go close at a double figure price.

Samantha: Siskin

Killian: Siskin

Niamh: Lope Y Fernandez


The third race on the card is the Equine MediRecord Handicap over six furlongs. I think the Jessica Harrington trained Flash Gordon will go close. I would put a line through his last run when he ran below par. Prior to that he finished third behind So Perfect in the Group 3 Lacken Stakes at Naas. He is a son of Kodiac with plenty of speed who will hopefully have improved over the winter. His opening mark of 96 is not very lenient but I think if he has improved over the winter he will go close at a double figure price in this ultra competitive race.

The fifth race on the card is the Coolmore Ten Sovereigns Gallinule Stakes over a mile and a quarter for three year olds. I think Mythical is a worthy favourite and will be hard to beat. He had the best form coming into the race after some good runs as a two year old. On official rating he is ten pounds clear of the rest. The form of the Zetland Stakes seems to be working out as the second and third have both run very good races in the Derby and Oaks trails at Lingfield. He saw out the trip well as a two year and I think he will take a lot of beating.

The penultimate race on the card is the Paddy Power Lincolnshire over a mile. This looks to be a very competitive renewal. I put Current Option up as a horse to follow for the season, but he is just a bit short. I will take a chance on the other Ado McGuinness runner, Saltonstall. He was second in the race two years ago when trained by Michael Halford off a two pound lower mark. His final two runs of the season were disappointing but prior to that he ran some nice races. He was a close third over a mile and a quarter at the Curragh when he probably just didn’t see out the trip. Earlier in the season he won the Galway mile. While Current Option may very well go on and win the race, he is just a bit short for a very competitive race and Saltonstall looks to be value at 18/1.

The final race on the card is the Coolmore Magna Grecia Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes over an extended mile and a quarter. Fleeting is a horse I have followed since her third in the Epsom Oaks last year. While she may not have won a race last year she ran some very good races in defeat. The pick of those runs came at Longchamp when she finished a very close second to Villa Marina when she didn’t have the clearest of runs, which happened on a few occasions last year. I think she will have too much pace for Search For A Song who I think will taken off her feet. Providing she gets a clear run I think she is the one to beat.

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