KINGMAN is set to face 13 opponents when he lines up for the Group One Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday following this morning’s final declaration stage. The John Gosden-trained colt, runner up to Night Of Thunder in the Newmarket 2000 Guineas a couple of weeks ago, has been installed a short priced 4/6 favourite by bookmakers Paddy Power to go one better at the weekend.
Also engaged in the first Irish Classic of the season is the Richard Hannon-trained Shifting Power, which was supplemented to the race on Tuesday following his close up fourth behind Night Of Thunder at Newmarket. Champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien is responsible for five of the 13 runners with War Command (not beaten far when ninth at Newmarket) the choice of rider Joseph O’Brien.
Dermot Weld has had a tremendous start to the season and the Curragh-based handler has chosen Mustajeeb (Pat Smullen) to represent him. Mustajeeb advertised his claims in no uncertain terms when landing at Group Three prize at Leopardstown 11 days ago in emphatic fashion.
The remaining runners are: Great White Eagle, Michaelmas, Fountain Of Youth, Johann Strauss (all Aidan O’Brien trained), Big Time, Obliterator, Prince Of All, Mandatorio, Davids Park and Dolce N Karama.
Paddy Power betting on the race is as follows: 4/6 Kingman, 6/1 Mustajeeb, 13/2 War Command, 8/1 Shifting Power, 16/1 Big Time, Obliterator and Great White Eagle, 20/1 Michaelmas, 25/1 Johann Strauss and Prince Of All, 33/1 Fountain Of Youth, 50/1 Mandatorio, 100 Davids Park and Dolce N Karama.
Transport to the Curragh: Exit 12 of M7 Free car parking, Irish Rail to Kildare Town with free shuttle bus to racecourse, Dublin Coach provide race day service (see dublincoach.ie).