Sunday 23 October 2016

O'Brien's pair head betting

English 2,000 Guineas winner Gleneagles and his stable companion Found head the betting for this weekend's Irish versions at the Curragh.

Paddy Power, BoyleSports and the Betfair Sportsbook all go 2/5 about Aidan O'Brien's Gleneagles for the colts' Classic on Saturday as he bids to become the fourth since Rock Of Gibraltar in 2002 to do the Newmarket/Curragh double with Newmarket's third-placed Ivawood the next best at 5/1 generally but a shade lower at 9/2 with Paddy Power.


Despite having to miss the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and being overturned on her seasonal debut on the same weekend at the Curragh, O'Brien's Found remains at the top of the betting for this Sunday's Irish 1,000 Guineas.

Found is 5/2 with BoyleSports for her next assignment in which she could face a maximum of 20 rivals after yesterday's entries saw Willie McCreery add Devonshire to the field of runners at a cost of €30,000 following an encouraging effort in the recent Guineas Trial at Leopardstown.

Despite the faith of connections to pay 10 per cent of the prize fund for the late entry, Devonshire can be backed at 40/1 with bookmakers BoyleSports and a strong Jessica Harrington entry sees Bocca Baciata as second favourite at the moment.

Bocca Baciata won what has turned out to be quite a good renewal of the Salsibal Stakes at Navan and she could again lock horns with Jim Bolger's Pleascach, who has been left in the race following her win at Naas last Wednesday evening.

Mick Halford is looking forward to running Group Two winner Raydara as he goes in search of the biggest win of his career with the Aga Khan-owned filly.

"She's in good form and I'm very happy with her. The weather is to pick up later in the week and, hopefully, they are right as she would like some nice ground.

"The plan was to go to Newmarket for the 1,000 Guineas but she just wasn't sparking at the time and we said we would just wait for this weekend. She has been to the racecourse for a gallop and I'm happy with her.

"She is a clear-winded filly and an easy filly to get right and her form from the Debutante Stakes looks rock solid and was well advertised in the English Guineas, so you'd be hopeful she could run a nice race but a Classic is a Classic."


Sunday's Tattersalls Gold Cup has also been priced up and this looks set to be a very high-class renewal of this race with Irish Champion Stakes winner The Grey Gatsby set to return to Ireland for another Group One and this time a clash with Dermot Weld's Free Eagle and former winner of the race Al Kazeem.

Despite the benefit of a run already this season at Meydan, bookmakers go 5/2 about The Grey Gatsby with 7/4 the best available for Free Eagle.

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