Tony Keenan preview and best bets for Irish 2,000 Guineas day

Our Irish form expert Tony Keenan has a pick for the day of the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.



The most notable feature of the racing at the Curragh last night was the dominance of the frontrunners, six of the eight winners making all 100/1 and 50/1 winners, while only one horse was able to break off the pace to win; That was the state actor and it’s probably fair to say he had a bit in his hand!

It seemed more a matter of dirt than wind and it will be interesting to see if it persists in today’s Irish 2,000 Guineas card; The ride will be very similar with a new strip of terrain in the far lane and more wind is forecast, although more headwinds on the straight look likely.

In an overall complicated letter, SATURN could be the way to go for a selection in the Infinite Energy Handicap at 4:15, the likelihood of him being taken close to the pace is not negative.

He looked like he would struggle to live up to his illustrious pedigree (from Galileo, from Alpha Centauri) from the start, but like his dam, he seems to enjoy a fast surface and has improved since getting it the last two times with the frenulum Also a positive addition.

A winner over a mile and a half at Dundalk in November when he showed good attitude, and those fighting qualities were seen again when he won at Leopardstown over 10 furlongs earlier this month, breaking away from what looked like a well-treated runner. -Despite a steady pace, he won by a whisker, the third win here last night.

Saturn looks like a horse that will improve when he moves up to 12 furlongs again, but he handled this trip well last time and there should be more pace here in this larger field, which will suit him, while any cheek pads applied should sharpen it. enough to show that they are still treating him well on this trip.

The preparation of the Ballydoyle runners is the question looming over the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at 3:40, while River Tiber also has resilience to show. Rosallion should be tough to beat, his race is trending sharply up barring a race on slow ground and he’s probably a decent chance.

The card’s other group action is equally complicated. He doesn’t look the strongest Gain Marble Hill at 1:55, but time will reveal more as there is too much English form to unravel in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at 2:30 for my liking.

Sumiha and Raise You came top of the market in the listed Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Orby Stakes in 3:05 and that looks about right, while Follow Me and Grand City Hall look the right favorites in the Finlay Volvo Handicap in 4:50.

Auburn Avenue, at the bottom of the weight class, and out of the handicap by four pounds, could have a good mark after having good form at Naas a fortnight ago, but it is suspected that a mile will suit him better.

Preview published at 0915 BST on 05/25/2024

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