Monday 24 October 2016

Gleneagles set for glory in attractive Curragh bonanza

THE weather is set to be nice, the ground is drying out and we've a lot of high class racing to take in over the weekend and I'd imagine officials at the Curragh are purring at the prospect of what is in store over the coming days.

Unless something untoward happens in the 2,000 Guineas tomorrow I don't think Aidan O'Brien's Gleneagles will be overturned by either of the two British horses.

The Curragh usually rubberstamps the Newmarket Guineas form and although Ivawood can probably improve it is his third run of the season and Gleneagles will undoubtedly progress from what was his first run of the season.


Also tomorrow we have a real good looking renewal of the Greenlands Stakes and it's fantastic to see Sole Power lining up at the Curragh but statisticians won't be queuing up to back him over six-furlongs as he is currently 0-9 over tomorrow's six-furlongs trip.

He has been a great horse for his connections but that would have to be a concern that he's never won over the distance and maybe if Gordon Lord Byron turned up with his 'A-game' he could beat him over the trip.

It's not a race I'd be rushing to have a bet in but if I did have to have a bet, I'd probably back Mustajeeb each-way. He won the Jersey Stakes last season and this trip may prove ideal for him at this time of year and he may be open to more progression against the older horses. He's just a very interesting runner.

I look forward to seeing the two-year-olds in the Marble Hill Stakes and we'll be looking for possible Royal Ascot pointers here. Michael O'Callaghan is a young, up and coming trainer that gets some good results and it will be good to see how his colt State Of Emergency fares out on better ground.

On Sunday you could make cases for so many of the fillies in the 1,000 Guineas. Bocca Baciata's win at Navan was probably the strongest race run this year and Jessica Harrington's other runner Jack Naylor has some very strong form from last year too.

But I would be very forgiving of Found's first run of the season as the ground was heavy and she was taking on older horses at a time of year when I think it's very difficult for a three-year-old filly to do so. When I saw her win in France last year I thought she was a real Guineas type so I would keep the faith with her.

There seems to be a strong challenge from across the water for the Tattersalls Gold Cup and while it's a shame that Free Eagle couldn't make the line up, we still have a high class field.

I do think that The Grey Gatsby will prove very hard to beat. After his very encouraging run in Dubai, he is the one for me.

I think he'll come on again for that and any one of his runs last season would be good enough to win here.

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