Taking into account the quality of the runners in the race, the 2000 Guineas will be a thrilling race. Among the contenders are Shifting Power, Arqana, Granddam Monty's Girl, and Buckaroo. Each of these horses has a proven track record.
Often a race run by potential Investec Derby contenders, the Irish 2000 Guineas is held at the Curragh in mid-June. The race is a mile long and has a purse of EUR400,000. The winner gets the opportunity to go to the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. The race is open to three-year-old colts and fillies.
Godolphin last won the Irish 2000 Guineas in 2000 with Bachir. The runner-up was Native Trail. This year's favourite is Buckaroo, who has won the Curragh Guineas this month. He beat New Energy by four lengths.
The 2000 Guineas has been the subject of many audacious doubles in recent years. Only three horses have ever carried double figure odds into the winners' enclosure. However, it is rare for horses to win all three races in a season.
Native Trail is a three-year-old Oasis Dream colt trained by Godolphin. He started off as a juvenile last season and finished second in the English 2000 Guineas. His reappearance in the Craven Stakes looked good. He was then beaten by stablemate Coreobus in the Rowley Mile. He will face a maximum of 10 rivals in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
The Irish 2000 Guineas is run on a horseshoe-shaped track that is galloping in nature. It is run over a mile and has a stiff uphill finish. In addition, it is a Group 1 race, which means it is open to horses from around the world. The race is often patterned on to the St James's Palace Stakes.
The Irish 2000 Guineas is usually run by Aidan O'Brien, who has won the race 11 times. He has sent a number of fillies out for the G1 turf race.
Having completed a Classic treble in the French 2000 Guineas and English 2,000 Guineas, Charlie Appleby is looking for another Classic success in the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas on Saturday. He has two horses running for him, Buckaroo and Native Trail.
Buckaroo won his last race, the Coolmore Arizona Irish EBF Tetrarch Stakes at Curragh, beating Wexford Native by four lengths. The horse was unbeaten in two starts last year, finishing runner-up to stablemate Coroebus in the English 2000 Guineas and finishing second to Coroebus in the 2,000 Guineas.
Buckaroo has been out of the last two races, but was a Group-placed in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and Ballysax Stakes in April. He is also unbeaten in two starts over 1 1/8 miles, beating New Energy and Shane Crosse in the Tetrarch Stakes.
The last race was a listed race over course and distance, where Buckaroo showed a potent turn of foot. He finished ahead of Malex, who has Derby aspirations, but was beaten only short head.
Native Trail has been unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile. He finished runner-up to stablemate Coroebus and was favourite in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. However, he was beaten in the English Guineas by Coroebus.
The last two races have been disappointing for Native Trail, but he should improve. He has a great chance of winning the Irish 2000 Guineas. He has a good record at Curragh, and is rated a high Timeform rating, compared to the other two horses. He has a chance of getting closer to Buckaroo, and could even challenge him in the final furlong.
The favourite will be unlucky if he loses. His last race was a slow, unlucky one. He was beaten in the Ballysax Stakes, but was caught in the final furlong.
Whether or not Aidan O'Brien's Granddam Monty's Girl will be a force to be reckoned with on the first day of the Melbourne Cup is another story, but the one-off filly is a worthy challenger. The filly has the pedigree to back up the hype and the connections of owners Jackie and Jim Bolger have a real chance of winning the European equivalent to the Kentucky Derby.
The most interesting thing about Granddam Monty's Girl is her pedigree. She is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Gloomy Sunday (Fr), and she also happens to be a half-sister to dual Italian Group 3 winner Victoria Regina (Ire). She is also a half-sister to a G3 worthy runner-up, and she has a half-sister to a slew of other Group 3 winners, including Abjer (Fr) and the aforementioned Victoria Regina (Ire). Her sire, Oasis Dream GB, is a son of the aforementioned La Chunga, and her sire, Mastercraftsman Ire, was a full brother to Group 2 winner Hurricane Run Ire.
The Granddam Monty's Girl Irish 2000 Guineas may have some catching up to do, but it will likely be a roaring good time. She is one of a slew of Group 3 winners to be announced on Friday, with the likes of Atomic Jones (GB) and Harbour Watch (GB) set for wins. The filly has been a star at Leopardstown this season, where she won the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes and was runner-up in the G2 Royal Lodge Stakes. Despite the plethora of top-level competition, the filly is likely to go to the front of the pack. Fortunately, a nice day for racing is not too far away, but the main stand is currently being removed.
Runner up to Kingman in last year's English 2000 Guineas, Shifting Power has been given the chance to challenge for the Irish equivalent. Richard Hannon has added the colt to his Irish Guineas squad, and Hannon hopes he can perform better in the toughest Classic of the season.
The colt is owned by Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah and trained by Richard Hannon. He is trained to be tough and will be a worthy favourite for this year's renewal. Despite his form, he has significant scope for improvement.
Aidan O'Brien is bidding for his 10th victory in the race, and he could have a runner in the field. He has already had five wins in the last six years, with Mastercraftsman, Roderic O'Connor and Parish Hall.
Aidan O'Brien is expected to have one other runner in the race, and it is likely to be War Command. He has had flying form in the first part of the season and his colt will be looking to return to form.
Kingman is the favourite for the Irish 2,000 Guineas. The son of Compton Place was second to Kingman in last year's English version, and is expected to make his return in the St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He will be running on a course he is familiar with, having raced at Newmarket in April.
Shifting Power has been given the opportunity to reverse the form of his last race, the Listed Royal Of Windsor Stakes. He is a six-length favourite to win the race, and has a good record at Newmarket. He has also raced at Veliefendi-TUR, and he has won the Free Handicap at this track.
Aidan O'Brien is known for his success with Power, and the colt could be a major contender. He is one of the most prolific trainers in the country and has won nine Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Several horses have taken part in the 2,000 Guineas this weekend. Three of these horses were winners, including Charlie Appleby's Awaal, who came out on top at Lingfield. The others included Summer Is Tomorrow, which is intended to run in tonight's Kentucky Derby. The Gurkha is another notable performer. He defeated Galileo Gold in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes. He has eight yearlings catalogued at Arqana.
Born Wild is a daughter of Sadler's Wells and is a half-sister to five black-type performers, including Group/Grade 1 winners Al RIFFA and Native Trail (GB). She is also a half-sister to German St Leger winner Britannia.
The Gurkha has eight yearlings catalogued at Arqana. He is from the Solemia family and is well-known to racing fans. He has been trained by Yann Barberot and placed in Grade 1 company. He has also produced three stakes performers, including a blacktype winner and a Classic winner.
Another notable daughter is Minnie Hauk. She is the ancestress of Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Aviance and Good Journey, and is also a half-sister to champions Try My Best and Domedriver. She is also a runner-up in the G1 Breeders' Cup Mile.
Yes Oh Yes is a son of Mastercraftsman Ire, who has produced three stakes performers including runner-up Gloomy Sunday (Fr). His dam is a half-sister to Aaroness (Distor). She is also a half-sister, via a reversal of ownership, to Group 3 winner Gloomy Sunday (Fr). She is also a half-sister, through a reversal of ownership, of stakes winner Precious Dream (GB).
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