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2019 Irish Guineas Festival tips - Race-by-race selections for Sunday's final day at the Curragh

Brian Healy 26 May 2019
It is day three of the Irish Guineas Festival weekend at the Curragh on Sunday.

Brian Healy looks through the final day racecard for Sunday's Irish 1000 Guineas day at the Curragh and gives his race-by-race selections.

The third and final day of the 2019 Irish Guineas Festival goes to post on Sunday, and an eight-race card at the Curragh is dominated by the Irish 1000 Guineas which goes to post 24 hours after the colts’ Classic on Sunday where Phoenix Of Spain took the spoils in the Irish 2000 Guineas.

Also on the racecard on Sunday’s finale is the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup, which is joined by some competitive handicap action on a top-class closing day fixture.

1:50 - Tally Ho Stud Irish EBF (C & G) Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6f
2:20 - Hanlon Concrete Handicap (3yo+ 45-70) 6f
2:50 - Curragh Official Opening Day Handicap (3yo+) 5f
3:50 - Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) (4yo+) 1m2½f
4:25 - Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Fillies) (3yo) 1m 
5:00 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF "Habitat" Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m 
5:30 - Boodles Handicap (4yo+) 2m
6:00 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (3yo+) 1m2f

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look at Sunday’s final day racecard at the Curragh where he gives his selections for every race on day three of Irish Guineas weekend.

1:50 - Tally Ho Stud Irish EBF (C & G) Maiden (Plus 10 Race) (2yo) 6f


ARIZONA (4/5, Bet365) shaped with plenty of promise on his debut here earlier in the month, finding only Sunday Sovereign too strong, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge can put that experience to good use to go one place better here.

The No Nay Never colt was beaten three lengths, looking green early, but he got better as the race progressed and the experience won’t have been lost on him. Along with the winner, he pulled clear of the rest and he is sure to have learnt plenty so every chance he can get off the mark at the second attempt.

He is one of only two runners to have previous experience, and while he faces some potentially useful debutants, Ryan Moore sides with him over the yard’s other runners and his choice could prove significant.


2:20 - Hanlon Concrete Handicap (3yo+ 45-70) 6f


LITTLE CLARINET (9/1, Paddy Power) last tasted success when scoring at Leopardstown when trained by David Marnane, but the Requinto mare has run some decent races in defeat and could get back on the mark here to snap her losing streak.

She joined Joseph O’Brien following a disappointing effort at Naas last October, but having shaped well on her reappearance at Dundalk where she finished fifth behind Tynamite she went on to go down only by a neck at Navan behind Handsome Maverick on her next start.

Not disgraced latest behind Verhoyen here earlier in the month when finishing eight lengths’ fourth, there is a case that she may be better over the minimum trip than this six furlongs; but she has won previously over this distance and the reapplication of cheekpieces could help.

She has run some solid races in this headgear, and this doesn’t look a particularly strong event so she could go close if able to run up to something like her best.

2:50 - Curragh Official Opening Day Handicap (3yo+) 5f


HATHIQ (7/4, William Hill) stepped up on previous efforts to get back on the scoresheet at Tipperary in April, beating Mokhalad by three lengths, and that form has since been boosted by the runner-up and sixth both winning since.

 Denis Hogan’s Exceed and Excel gelding has found improvement since the application of a tongue-tie, and the handicapper was suitably impressed enough by his success to push him up 11lbs in the weights.

This clearly demands more from the five-year old, who was also a winner for Owen Burrows previously, and he could be worth chancing to find another jolt of progress to follow up here.

3:50 - Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1) (4yo+) 1m2½f


MAGICAL (2/9, William Hill) did little wrong last term, including chasing home Enable in the Breeders’ Cup, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge is very hard to get away from as the Galileo filly bids to take her seasonal record to 3-3.

A dual-winner last term, winning here in July and then stepping up to win the Group One Champion Fillies’ And Mares’ race at Ascot in October, she got to within three-parts of a length of superstar Enable in the Breeders’ Cup Turf where the pair had pulled clear of the rest.

She has won both races this term, scoring in the Alleged Stakes on her reappearance at Naas inApril with a defeat of Flag Of Honour; she had the same rival behind next time in the Mooresbridge Stakes, and with that rival looking her main opposition again she ought to prove hard to beat here.

She sets a very stiff standard for the others to try and topple her, and it would be a surprise if she were to get turned over here.


4:25 - Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Fillies) (3yo) 1m 


QABALA (3/1, Bet365) could only finish third behind the reopposing Hermosa when the pair clashed in the Qipco 1000 Guineas recently; but Roger Varian’s charge was arguably unlucky not to put up more of a challenge having been badly bumped and unbalanced entering the dip before running on again and she could be worth chancing to reverse the places here.

She had a few of the other runners in this race behind her, and the Nell Gwyn Stakes winner may have more to offer.

Aidan O’Brien’s race-winner set out to make all, and she proved a tough nut to crack having been headed before battling back gamely to get up close home. However, the selection was forced to chart a wider path through the field afer getting embroiled in her melee, and she was gaining all the way to the line.

With a clearer run, she might well have gone close and a smaller field here may help her to see a bit more daylight; while the fast ground here will surely be another plus as her two wins to date have come with ‘firm’ in the description.

She looks set for a big run here, and it wouldn’t come as a shock to see her posting a big effort with granted a bit more luck in running.

5:00 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF "Habitat" Handicap (Premier Handicap) (3yo+) 1m 


EASTERN RACER (7/1, Bet365) was a winner at Dundalk back in April, beating Kasbah in a claimer, but Denis Hogan’s charge has run well in defeat in both subsequent starts back on turf at Cork and Naas respectively.

The Bushranger gelding has been beaten less than two lengths on both occasions, latterly behind Port Lions where he was just unable to sustain his effort. He can compete here from the same mark, and a repeat of that latest effort looks sure to see him get involved again.

Given he has been in decent heart in recent outings, he could be worth chancing to continue with his run of form, and he can go close here.

5:30 - Boodles Handicap (4yo+) 2m


PERSIAN LION (6/1, Ladbrokes) could be the way to go here having chased home Arctic Fire on his return from seven months at Killarney earlier in the month; Jessica Harringtons’ charge can step up on that return to go one better here.

The Leroidesanimaux gelding showed progressive form last term, bettering the result of his previous run until winning from out of the weights at Leopardstown in August. Having struggled subsequently in heavy ground at Haydock in September when disappointing behind Mekong, he might still have been feeling exertions when beaten almost twenty lengths behind Cypress Creek in a Group Three at Naas on his final start of the season.

He has a slight question mark to answer with regards to this longer trip, but he should stay and if able to build on his promising return to action then given his unexposed profile he could go close.


6:00 - Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (3yo+) 1m2f


HAZRAN (7/4, Bet365) shaped with some promise on his debut at Naas back in November, finishing third and splitting a pair of subsequent winners who finished runner-up and fourth.

Mick Halford’s Lope De Vega colt improved for that experience when returning from a break to find only one too good back at Naas last month, beaten just over two lengths behind Jack Yeats who looked a potentially smart sort.

The softer ground on that occasion may just have caught her out, but she could do better returning to a better surface and open to improvement on the back of that reappearance then she can get off the mark at the third attempt with the potential for better to come over this trip.

2019 IRISH GUINEAS FESTIVAL TIPS - DAY THREE SELECTIONS


1:50 - ARIZONA (4/5, Bet365)

2:20 - LITTLE CLARINET (9/1, Paddy Power)

2:50 - HATHIQ (7/4, William Hill)

3:50 - MAGICAL (2/9, William Hill)

4:25 - QABALA (3/1, Bet365)

5:00 - EASTERN RACER (7/1, Bet365)

5:30 - PERSIAN LION (6/1, Ladbrokes)

6:00 - HAZRAN (7/4, Bet365)


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2019 Irish Guineas Festival tips - Race-by-race selections for Sunday's final day at the Curragh

Brian Healy looks through the final day racecard for Sunday's Irish 1000 Guineas day at the Curragh and gives his race-by-race selections.

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