Welcome to my preview for the Irish 1000 Guineas which is due to take place at the Curragh this Saturday evening at 7.15pm. I’m writing this on Friday afternoon so I’m obviously unable to take a look back at how the last post went on in regards to the 2000 Guineas…
As has been the case though with the big race previews as of late, I’ll be sharing with you a win punt and an each way punt as well as highlighting who I believe are other big players in the race.
Irish 1000 Guineas
Just like the 2000 Guineas this race is contested over a distance of a mile and is for three-year-olds, the only difference this time for fillies. This year’s renewal is headed at the top of the market by ALBIGNA who is my win punt in the race. Trained by Jessica Harrington her form is by far the best on offer in the race, having tasted Group 1 success already when winning the Marcel Boussac at Longchamp on Arc Day last year. She signed off her season last year with another fine effort when finishing fourth at the Breeders Cup, she’s also already won two of her three starts at the Curragh, one of which was a Group 2. If turning up in the same form we saw her in last season she should be bang there.
The Ballydoyle battalions lining up behind her in the betting are headed by Peaceful who looks to be the yards first string with Seamie Heffernan in the saddle. She was last seen running on strongly to finish second in a Listed race at Newmarket which was won by Born With Pride, that was no doubt a very eyecatching effort but the winner wasn’t able to frank the form in her next outing, running a poor race. So Wonderful is probably one of the highest-rated maidens in training, despite not being able to get a race under her belt she does have a whole host of solid efforts in defeat within top class company, most notably a third-place effort behind UK Guineas winner Love in the Group 1 Moyglare Stakes when last seen.
My each-way punt in the race comes in the form of the Ger Lyons trained ROCA ROMA who’s set to be ridden by Colin Keane. She’s only had the one run to date where she finished second behind Dermot Weld’s Amma Grace, who’s likely to be useful herself. Roca Roma is by Australia and you’d have to think that they think a lot of her at home to be pitching her in here against this kind of company on just her second outing. She could well be anything, and at the prices, it’s worth a chance finding out.
ALBIGNA (2/1) (Win) (Finishing Position: 6th)
ROCA ROMA (10/1) (Each Way) (Finishing Position: Unplaced)