With no rain forecast the ground at the Curragh will remain firm, proper racing ground. Long may it continue.
Before the 1000 Guineas we get to see Camelot. He looked in good order before the Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh three weeks ago in the ring and the pipe opener proved just that coming from last to first to win easily. More of the same is expected in the Tattersalls Gold Cup.
The Qatar Racing filly Just The Judge leads the field in the Guineas on the back of her second to Sky Lantern in the English Guineas at Newmarket. She’s a quality filly having won the Rockfel last autumn. She’s supported on the overseas raid by Maureen from the Richard Hannon stable, sixth at Newmarket, Masarah from thee Clive Brittan stable, eighth at Newmarket and Exactement from the Karl and Elaine Burke yard whose companion Libertarian threw the surprise in the Dante at 33/1.
Of the Irish only Snow Queen contested the English Guineas. Ridden by Ryan Moore on that occasion she sliced through the field to finish well with an eye catching run. Ryan rides Hanky Panky here so presumably the second string with Seamus Heffernan on the Guineas trial winner Just Pretending who won out in a nice run when unsupported in the ring at Leopardstown.
The interesting fillies here are the Eddie Lynam trained Viztoria and the John Oxx pair What Style and Harasiya.
Viztoria was moved from the Ado McGuinness yard after a fine debut when she won her Naas maiden by 7 1/2 L. The concern for Eddie Lynam is the ground. His filly had stamped herself very decent when winning at Listed level beating Snow Queen also by 7 1/2 L here last September. She showed her well being when returning here to get the better of Bunairgead two weeks ago.
What Style has only run twice winning her maiden a 1/2 L from Snow Queen. Her comeback saw her run second to Rawaaq in the Leopardstown Guineas Trial confirming she’s trained on. We don’t know if that’s the same for Harasiya as this will be her first run of the season. Last time out in the Moyglare she went off favourite but couldn’t justify it when going down 2 3/4 L to Sky Lantern. The concern is the lack of the run but she’s one to keep an eye on after this.
On the balance of form using Snow Queen as the benchmark expect this to stay at home with Viztoria overcoming the those ground concerns and marking herself a special filly.
Recommendations : Camelot (too short to back)
Viztoria 7/1 win