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Saturday 10 December 2016

Mick Kinane : Gleneagles set for glory in attractive Curragh bonanza

Bocca Baciata
Bocca Baciata

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.

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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.

Unfortunately, after a very smooth build up, a doubt has been cast over My Titania's participation in the Lanwades Stud Stakes.

She will be declared for the race but it is 50-50 whether she will run or not as she just developed a slight issue with her foot on Wednesday and it'll be a late call if she can run or not. It would be an ideal starting point for her season and a real shame if she has to miss it.

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.

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