Gleneagles to double up at Curragh
A cracking Guineas weekend gets under way at the Curragh today with Gleneagles the main attraction as he aims to become the eight horse to complete the 2,000 Guineas double.
The winner of the Newmarket equivalent should prove a tough nut to crack and he can give Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore another classic success.
The main challenger, Ivawood, third at Newmarket, should prove best of the remainder for Richard Hughes and Richard Hannon in today’s feature.
Its probably not a race to get involved in financially with Gleneagles currently a best priced 2/5 favourite, however Endless Drama could run a big race for Ger Lyons and Andrea Atzeni and sneak into the placing’s at a big price.
The supporting card looks tricky but I think the stand out bet of the day is Dermot Weld’s, Brooch, in the Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes.
Three out of three last season, with victories at Galway, Killarney and Gowran Park, the 106 rated filly should take all the beating with the main challenge coming from the Marco Botti pair, Lady Dutch and Pelerin.
The two year old Marble Hill Stakes looks a high class renewal with Round Two, Washington DC and State of Emergency all set to take their chance.
I’m going to side with the Jim Bolger trained, Round Two, which caught the eye when he made a winning debut at Naas earlier this month. The step back in trip to five furlongs shouldn’t inconvenience the Teofilo colt and I think he can account for Washington DC and State of Emergency.
The Greenlands Stakes will see sprinter Sole Power run in Ireland for the first time since 2011 but the stats are not in his favour.
He hasn’t won in 9 starts over today’s trip of six furlongs and he’s also failed to win on his four starts at the Curragh. Taking that into account and the fact the main target is Ascot, he is probably worth taking on today.
Astaire, a Group 3 winner already this season will benefit from the services of Ryan Moore and looks the one to side with. Campaigned in all of the top sprint races last term Kevin Ryan’s sprinter can put his race fitness to good use and get his head back in front.
The two-year old maidens on Guineas week are usually best watched and have produced some good winners in the past. This year we will see the well named, Ballydoyle, make her debut in the opener and she is sure to have plenty of backers. It’s a watching brief for me though.
Two ultra competitive handicaps back end the card and the first of them, for three year olds only, looks a very good race.
Duca Valentinois is one of the few maidens in the race but I think he can run a big race at an each way price with Richard Hughes an eye catching jockey booking for Johnny Murtagh’s charge.
And the closing one-mile handicap might go the way of three year old, Portage, in the Godolphin colours for Michael Halford and James Doyle.
2.15 – Round Two 5/2
3.55 – Brooch 6/4 NAP
4.30 – Duca Valentinois16/1 EW
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