Irish 2000 Guineas Tips And Prediction
We didn’t have too bad a time of it at Sandown on Thursday night. Jm Jackson was still green but when the penny dropped he flew home for 2nd at 10/1. Making Miracles was never traveling and perhaps his Chester Cup win took a toll on him. Regal Reality ran out a ready winner of the feature for us and drifted nicely too, to 9/4. Walkinthesand did too much too early and faded late on. It is 2000 Guineas Day at the Curragh on Saturday and it promises to be a smashing day of racing. Dave Stevos has previewed the race, check out his Irish 2000 Guineas tips below…
Irish 2000 Guineas Tips: 3.35 Curragh
On a bumper day of action this Saturday the Irish 2000 Guineas is the main event. Last year I was very keen on Romanised and he duly obliged. It was a much weaker looking race last season though and this year the big guns are out in force. Magna Grecia comes here in search of a Guineas double but the jury is still out on him. He benefitted from a huge draw bias at Newmarket and the run may not have been as impressive as it looked.
He is battling for favouritism with Too Darn Hot, who makes a quick reappearance after The Dante. John Gosden’s son of Dubawi just didn’t get home at York and dropping back in trip will suit. His 2yo form was absolutely top class and there was no shame in going down to a race fit Telecaster by just a length. He will be much fitter now and back at a mile, he is the one they all have to beat.
Skardu Looks Too Big
One horse that definitely looks overpriced is Skardu, another UK raider. Wiliam Haggas’ charge finished first of the horses drawn low at Newmarket. You could argue he is unlucky to be coming into this race without an unbeaten record. Good to firm ground will suit and 8/1 is a more than fair price about the son of Shamardal. He has strong each way claims and Skardu could give James Doyle a great spin.
Phoenix Of Spain should be bang there on her 2yo form with Magna Grecia and Too Darn Hot. However, the lack of a recent run has to rate as a huge negative coming into a race of this nature at odds of 14/1. Decrypt is a horse I really like and he was ultra impressive when winning at Cork. Some of the horses he beat disappointed subsequently, but his maiden form stands up to scrutiny (beat Lady Kaya and Hillwalker). At 18/1 he could go well for each way players.
So, with bookies likely to offer 4 places each way the potential is there to sneak a few quid from one at a huge price. Shelir is unbeaten after two starts and he is a lovely prospect by Dark Angel. However, his best run came on soft and that could be the surface on which he is most effective.
Mohawk should not be discounted for Coolmore and Donnacha O’Brien. Soft ground and 10f conspired against him last time, but his sole run at a mile resulted in a career best at Newmarket (gd/fm). He flopped behind Too Darn Hot back at 7f on his next start but that run was too bad to be true. At 33/1 he rates an interesting place contender.
Hillwalker A Dark Horse
At an absolutely huge price, Hillwalker is a horse that could surprise with a big run. Okay, it is his first run of the season, but his trainer Tom Cleary is likely to have him ready to rock for such a big occasion. He has 6L to find with Decrypt on their meeting here over 6f last June but Hillwalker was extremely green and it would be no surprise if he got a bit closer to that rival today.
Hillwalker stepped up to 7f at Gowran next time and despite being green again he stayed on strongly to beat subsequent Listed winner and Group placed Christmas. He is by Foxwedge, a sire that has already produced a Curragh Group 1 winner in Urban Fox. The dam side of his pedigree is quite impressive too, she being out of a mare who won the Chesire Oaks and was 2nd in the Epsom Oaks. Her half brother was Entrepeneur, himself a 2000 Guineas winner.
The pedigree is there, he will relish the quick ground and he will be aided by a very strong jockey in Rory Cleary. He looks likely to appreciate the step up to a mile too and he has course form in the book. Obviously, he has heaps to find with the two market leaders. However, if extra places are available at 250/1, surely he has to be worth a couple of quid each way.
Irish 2000 Guineas Tip And Prediction
If he turns up in top form, Too Darn Hot is the most likely winner here. He is short odds, but he ran a cracker in defeat over too far last time and his trainer says he has come out of it really well. Nine days is plenty of time for a horse to recover and at 6/4, Too Darn Hot should prove too darn good. Magna Grecia could prove me wrong and run a huge race, but that draw bias at Newmarket is hugely off putting.
Mohawk is a very interesting runner and back on quick ground he could run a huge race. Skardu is perhaps the most overpriced horse in the race and he has big each way claims. Decrypt also comes into the reckoning and you might have guessed that I think Hillwalker is another at massive odds that could sneak into the frame. Hopefully it is a brilliant race and may the best horse win…