Irish 1,000 Guineas – The Contenders

Aidan O’Brien’s dreams of a Guineas double double in England and Ireland were dashed when Phoenix Of Spain reigned in the Tattersalls 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. The Ballydoyle maestro will now hope that Hermosa can repeat the trick of Winter two years ago and do the Newmarket-Curragh double in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas. She will have nine rivals and here is a rundown on the 10 runners, five of whom ran in the English 1000.

HERMOSA (Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Jockey: Ryan Moore) 5-2: A worthy winner at Newmarket and rightly favourite to back that up.

QABALA (pictured; T: Roger Varian, J: David Egan) 10-3: Third in the English 1000 having been favourite. Not impossible to turn form around.

JUST WONDERFUL (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Donnacha O’Brien) 9-2: Has been hot and cold in the past and not without a chance at her best.

EAST (T: Kevin Ryan, J: Jamie Spencer) 13-2: Was third in the French equivalent to this on much worse ground but has won on a better surface before and cannot be discounted.

IRIDESSA (T: Joseph O’Brien, J: Wayne Lordan) 10-1: Was eighth at Newmarket, only 3l behind Hermosa so might be a touch overpriced.

PRETTY POLLYANNA (T: Michael Bell, J: Frankie Dettori) 10-1: Not run this season but finished behind a couple of rivals as a two-year-old and others fancied ahead of her.

FAIRYLAND (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Seamie Heffernan) 12-1: Given another chance at a mile when best form is over shorter distances but has EW claims.

FOXTROT LIV (T: Paddy Twomey, J: Billy Lee) 40-1: Easy winner of a maiden over a mile last time but well held by favourite at Naas last year. Not a total no-hoper.

DEAN STREET DOLL (T: Richard O’Brien, J: Colin Keane) 50-1: Looks promising but short of the class necessary to win this.

CORAL BEACH (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Michael Hussey) 66-1: Far more experienced than the rest, but a couple of lengths to make up on East from French Guineas and not expected to make frame.


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