A field of 18 has been declared this morning for Sunday’s Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh headed by the Group One winning filly Found as Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore look to win the race for a second year in a row.
O’Brien has declared three runners for Sunday’s €300,000 feature race with Kissed By Angels and Qualify also representing Ballydoyle, while trainer Jim Bolger, who last won the race with Finsceal Beo in 2007, is also set to have three runners in the race headed by recent Blue Wind Stakes winner Pleasach the mount of Kevin Manning. Steip Amach and Mainicin are Bolger’s other declared runners.
Trainer Jessica Harrington will saddle two fillies in the hope of securing a first Classic success to follow her major victories over jumps and she is pleased with the progress of both her runners Bocca Baciata (Fran Berry) and Jack Naylor (Richard Hughes).
Harrington said; “Bocca Baciata is great and I’m delighted with her. Her preparations have gone smoothly so far, thank God. The form of her Navan race has worked out well and it’s wonderful when that happens.
“She showed a lot of pace in Navan and she’s not really bred to get much further than a mile and a quarter so I don’t have any worry dropping her back to a mile on ground that should be ideal.
“Jack Naylor is in great order, really good form. I did intend on going to the Blue Wind at Naas with her but the ground was soft there and I didn’t want to run her over a mile and a quarter first time. She wasn’t ready until then and it’s a long season and there’s a lot of nice races later on in the year. Her form from last year has also worked out very well.
“It’s what we all dream about, being lucky enough to train top class horses for these top class races.”
Dermot Weld is another trainer with a couple of runners in the race and Pat Smullen will be onboard Gowran Park maiden winner Joailliere, while Leigh Roche is declared on Leopardstown’s first 1,000 Guineas trial winner Stormfly.
Michael Halford’s Raydara looks to have rock solid form following her win in last seasons Debutante Stakes when beating Lucida, while Willie McCreery runs the supplemented Devonshire for Godolphin.
Trainer James Given is responsible for two of the three British runners in the race as he sends over Pastoral Girl and Russian Punch, while Mick Channon and Martin Harley will look to replicate their memorable triumph in the race with Samitar in 2012 as they team up with Malabaron Sunday.
The Irish 1,000 Guineas field is completed by Michael O’Callaghan’s Military Angel, the Ger Lyons trained Plus Ca Change and Tamadhor trained by Kevin Prendergast.
Jockey James Doyle will look to win the Tattersalls Gold Cup for a third year in a row on Sunday as he renews his association with 2013 winner Al Kazeem as they face last years Irish Champion Stakes winner The Grey Gatsby in a strong renewal of the 1m2f Group One.
Luca Cumani’s Postponed completes a strong British entry in the six-runner field with Dermot Weld’s Fascinating Rock heading the local challenge alongside Jim Bolger’s Parish Hal and Pat Flynn’s four-year-old Highly Toxic.
Aidan O’Brien’s Giovanni Canaletto is set to make his seasonal debut in the Group Three Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes, taking on recent Killarney winner Bertie Le Belge and Ed Dunlop’s Prince Gagarin.
Sole Power is the star attraction in Saturday’s Weatherbys Ireland Greenland Stakes, while there are nine runners in the Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes and 10 runners in the Cold Move Marble Hill Stakes (Listed)
A total of 11 runners were declared yesterday for Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas with Gleneagles heading the field and a strong British trained team including Belardo and Ivawood.
As always the fashion stakes are high on Sunday 24th of May with the Most Stylish competitions running for both ladies and gents. The Irish Tatler K Club Style Icon competition in association with Cullen & Co Jewellers is an event not to be missed! With a total prize fund of over €10,000. Judges include Norah Casey, leading fashion designer Joanne Hynes, Alexander Fitzgerald, Sharon Smurfit and Anna Fortune
The first race on Saturday 23th May begins at 1.40pm with the feature race, The Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas running at 3.20pm. Racing on Sunday 24th of May starts at 1.40pm with the feature race, The Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas running at 3.55pm.
Adult admission tickets cost €20.00 or there is a 2 day festival ticket for only €35.00. Adult admission with coach transport from Dublin costs €30.00 on either day and can be booked on www.curragh.ie. There are half price concessions for under 25’s and seniors, while under 16’s are free.
There is free car parking at the Curragh Racecourse and trains from Dublin to Kildare Town with free shuttle bus to races. Dublin Coach also provide a service on race days (see dublincoach.ie).
Latest Betting courtesy of Paddy Power, official betting partner to the Curragh Racecourse
Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas
Paddy Power: 2-5 Gleneagles, 9-2 Ivawood, 10 Belardo, 16 Tombelaine, 20 Endless Drama, 25 Convergence, 33 Lexington Times, 40 Mohaayed, Smugglers Cove, The Warrior, 100 Carbon Dating
Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas
Paddy Power: 9-4 Found, 5 Bocca Baciata, 6 Kissed By Angels, 7 Pleasecach, 8 Raydara, 10 Malabar, 11 Jack Naylor, 12 Joailliere, 20 Tamadhor, 33 Qualify, Stormfly, Devonshire, Steip Amarch, 50 Pastoral Girl, 66 Military Angels, Russian Punch, 100 Plus Ca Change, Mainicin
Tattersalls Gold Cup
Paddy Power: 11-8 The Grey Gatsby, 9-4 Al Kazeem, 3 Postponed, 9 Fascinating Rock, 33 Parish Hall, 100 Highly Toxic