Saturday tips at Curragh – Best bets on Irish 2000 Guineas day

Saturday tips at Curragh. Best bets on Irish 2000 Guineas day.Saturday tips at Curragh. Best bets on Irish 2000 Guineas day.

Saturday tips at Curragh on Irish 2000 Guineas day

With Saturday’s sole fixture in Ireland getting the green light to go ahead following a morning inspection we’ve picked out our Saturday tips at Curragh on Irish 2000 Guineas day.

A top-class card awaits punters looking to get stuck into the day’s Irish racing action at the Curragh where it is Irish 2000 Guineas day and an eight-race card awaits including the Group One Irish classic on a quality afternoon.

The meeting had to survive a morning inspection but it is all systems go at the premier Irish track and we’ve picked out our Saturday tips at Curragh on Irish 2000 Guineas day. New Paddy Power customers can take advantage of £35 of free bets when betting £10 on the first race!


1:45 Curragh – Tally Ho Stud Irish EBF (C & G) Maiden (2yo) 6f

PINAR DEL RIO shaped with plenty of promise on debut at Naas earlier in the month when finishing third behind Freedom Of Speech and the Havana Gold colt can put that experience to good use here where he can get off the mark at the second attempt.

Paddy Twomey’s charge was beaten just one length on that occasion, racing green early but getting better as the race unfolded and having got upsides the leader with a strong challenge he couldn’t quite keep up his effort to the line.

He’ll be better for the experience and the ground is unlikely to faze him so he could go close if finding another jolt of progress.

2:15 Curragh – GAIN Marble Hill Stakes (Group 3) (2yo) 6f

THE ENTERTAINER may be the Ballydoyle second string here having been overlooked by Ryan Moore, but the Caravaggio colt can maintain his perfect record having posted a good effort to score on debut at Navan earlier in the month.

That run came on better ground when beating Albion Square by almost two lengths, overcoming a troubled passage to win a shade readily and there could be better to come from him with that under his belt.

Softer ground shouldn’t pose an issue as there some give in the ground for that debut and with the potential for more he looks worth chancing to take the rise in class in his stride and he can make his presence felt under Seamie Heffernan.

Saturday tips at Curragh. Aidan O'Brien can get amongst the winners at Curragh on Saturday.

Saturday tips at Curragh. Aidan O’Brien can get amongst the winners at Curragh on Saturday.

2:45 Curragh – Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes (Group 2) (4yo+) 6f

GLEN SHIEL was a hugely progressive sprinter last term, winning four times in all which included a Group Three here last August and the Group One British Champion Sprint at Ascot to give rider Hollie Doyle her first top-level victory.

Archie Watson’s charge makes his reappearance here and while there’s a possibility the Pivotal gelding might just need this first run he has the form in the book to win this if fully tuned up.

He won well at Ascot last season under an enterprising front-running ride by Doyle, making all having been quickly sent forward and few of his rivals really got into the race and he hold on well for the win.

Soft ground is clearly no issue and if he were to run up to a similar level then he’d likely prove tough to beat here despite having to concede upwards of 3lbs to this field although he has 7lbs in hand of next-top rated Summerghand on official ratings.

He looks worth chancing on his reappearance to carry on the good form he delivered last term and he ought to go close.

3:20 Curragh – Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies) (3yo) 1m

The conditions have come in favour of MAC SWINEY who won three times in the mud last term including the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster and Jim Bolger’s charge will be sharper for his recent return behind Bolshoi Ballet in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.

The New Approach colt finished fourt on that occasion behind the Epsom Derby hopeful, beaten around seven lengths although shaping as if he may have needed the run.

There was no shame in losing to that rival who was impressive and he can do better here back at one mile with that run sure to have sharpened him up; while he’ll love these softer conditions more than the quicker conditions he encountered last time.

He might ideally want further than this in time, but he could handle the mud better than most and he looks worth an interest in an open renewal of this Classic contest.

Saturday tips at Curragh. Jim Bolger can add the Irish 2000 Guineas to his Classic haul on Saturday.

Saturday tips at Curragh. Jim Bolger can add the Irish 2000 Guineas to his Classic haul on Saturday.

4:25 Curragh – Betway Spring Fillies Handicap (3yo) 1m

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY showed improvement for her debut on the all-weather to finish a good third back on that surface following almost five months off with a solid third behind Baton Rouge; the Gleneagles filly then got off the mark faced with soft ground at Gowran Park earlier this month and Ger Lyons’ charge can improve again for that success.

She made most that day, taking up the running early and finding plenty when challenged from the two furlong pole to the line to hold off Friendly and there’s surely better to come from her on that evidence.

Switching to the handicap ranks from a potentially lenient 87 opening rating she could make her presence felt here with the prospect of improvement to come and proven ability to handle the conditions make her of serious interest here.