Vote Often to relish testing conditions in Irish 1000 Guineas
By James Boyle –
Finding the winner of races containing fillies only, let alone Group 1’s, can be difficult at the best of times and Sunday’s renewal of the Irish 1000 Guineas (3:55 Curragh) has got a relatively wide-open look to it, albeit not as much as it did before My Titania was pulled out! The books are going a best-priced 7/2 about the favourite and following her are a host of interesting rivals with further improvement in the locker.
With rain aplenty being on the agenda of late, gauging who’ll act on the testing underfoot conditions adds another unknown and the top one in particular is said not to want it. I’m pretty certain that Lightning Thunder won’t be favoured by the ground and, indeed, she mightn’t even run should Olly Stevens and her connections deem it not worthy of the risk tomorrow morning (my guess is that she’ll be pulled out).
Whatever happens with regard to her participation, I can’t fancy the Dutch Art filly as she’s clearly best when her hooves aren’t sinking into the floor and it’s certain that they will be here, should she line up. If I’m wrong, however, and she loves it (doubtful!), she’d have a clear favourite’s chance and would be hard beaten.
I’m not willing to take chance her but I will take a chance on Dermot Weld’s Beat Hollow filly, Vote Often. She shouldn’t really be good enough to win a Guineas and won’t excel until getting another furlong or two, but the huge positive with her is that testing ground is needed and it’s safe to say she’s getting that here. Last time out, she was a 10/1 winner of a Group 3 over C&D on Soft/Heavy, defeating a useful 4-year-old of Karl Burke’s in the process, and apart from the favourite, that’s as good a piece of form (figures-wise) as anything else has to offer. There’s every chance that she will improve for the run, whilst she’s sure to improve for the experience, and all going well, a big run should be incoming.
Vote Often – 7/1, available with a few firms.
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