Saturday 22 October 2016

Jessie eyeing up a first classic

Bocca Baciata looks capable of giving the trainer taste of Group success in 1,000 Guineas

From the very first race at 1.40 this afternoon, when a two-year-old daughter of Galileo called Ballydoyle makes her racecourse debut, this weekend's Tattersalls Guineas Festival at the Curragh is packed with exciting action including today's Irish Guineas and the return of Sole Power to home turf.

The Coolmore crew are renowned for their naming process, and holding names, so with Ballydoyle being by their flagship sire and a full sister to a four-time Group One winner, Misty For Me, you'd have to be hopeful that she could make a winning debut. It'll be a big day for Ballydoyle the stable as Gleneagles looks to become the fourth horse this century to do the Newmarket/Curragh Guineas double.

While a strong British challenge may make him work to become Aidan O'Brien's 10th Irish Guineas winner, Gleneagles should improve again from his first run of the season and he's a worthy odds-on favourite.

Sole Power has yet to win over six- urlongs in what has been a multiple Group One winning career that has taken him all over the world but that duck could be broken today in the Greenlands Stakes which his trainer Eddie Lynam won 12 months ago with Slade Power.


Trainer Jim Bolger can often introduce nice two-year-olds at Naas and we'll find out today just how good recent Naas winner Round Two is in the Marble Hill.

Beating a previous Ger Lyons-trained winner on what was his debut made Round Two look like an obvious Royal Ascot candidate and if he can beat dual winner State Of Emergency, he would continue to tick the boxes.

Tomorrow afternoon will see trainer Jessica Harrington, more renowned for her exploits over jumps, attempt to win a first Classic on the Flat and while she throws two darts at the board in Bocca Baciata and Jack Naylor, it could hardly look a more competitive renewal.

Found brings Group One winning form as a two-year-old to the table and Raydara's Group Two form means it's hard to see her out of the frame but Bocca Baciata is a filly that looks to have a bright future and is worth siding with to just shade this.

The Grey Gatsby is one of the best bets of the weekend as he looks to bring the Tattersalls Gold Cup for export for the third year in a row.

It's a strong British challenge with 2013 winner Al Kazeem and Luca Cumani's Postponed, while Fascinating Rock will keep them honest for Dermot Weld, but The Grey Gatsby is a high-class racehorse and he can again prove that tomorrow.

The Irish Champion Stakes winner may not always get the credit he deserves but this looks an ideal opportunity for him to get back to winning ways.

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