24 - 25 May 2014

A weekend of Classic racing at the Curragh commences Saturday with the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas. The Gr.1 contest has attracted 16 entries following Tuesday’s entry stage, including Kingman (Invincible Spirit) and War Command (War Front), together with Shifting Power (Compton Place), who was added to the race Tuesday morning by trainer Richard Hannon at a cost of €30,000. The Gr.1 Irish 1000 Guineas tops the bill on Sunday and is strongly backed up by the Gr.1 Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Kingman has been installed a short priced favourite to go one better in the Etihad Airways Irish 2000 Guineas following his half a length second to Night Of Thunder (Dubawi) at Newmarket, when he had Shifting Power (fourth) and War Command (nineth) behind him. All three are committed to Saturday’s contest, while trainer Dermot Weld has left both Alkasser (Shamardal) and Mustajeeb (Nayef) in the race.

“Both horses are working well, but only one of them will run,” revealed the Curragh-based trainer. “At the moment we are leaning towards Mustajeeb and Pat Smullen will partner whichever one we eventually side with.”

Aidan O’Brien has left five horses in the race. “War Command is our horse in Saturday’s race,” commented the Ballydoyle trainer. “We will also run Fountain Of Youth, Michaelmas and Great White Eagle, while Johann Strauss is also under consideration and all five are working very well.”

Lightning Thunder (Dutch Art) only went under by a neck to Miss France (Dansili) at Newmarket and the Ollie Stevens-trained filly will face a maximum of 13 rivals in her bid to go one better in Sunday’s Irish 1000 Guineas. Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Rizeena (Iffraaj), who finished seventh at Newmarket, has been confirmed a definite starter by her trainer Clive Britain, while My Titania (Sea The Stars) “will only run if the ground is not too soft” according to her trainer John Oxx. Meanwhile, Tested (Selkirk) and Vote Often (Beat Hollow) will represent Dermot Weld. “Both fillies are in good form and both will run,” revealed Weld. “Pat Smullen will ride one of them and James Doyle will ride the other.”

The Gr.1 Tattersalls Gold Cup is another high quality contest on Sunday for which recent York scorer, the Lady Cecil-trained Noble Mission (a brother to Frankel) has been supplemented yesterday morning. In total the race has attracted 15 horses, including Neatico (Medicean), who will be the first ever German-trained runner in the race. Magician (Galileo), Parish Hall (Teofilo), Along Came Casey (Oratorio) and last season’s Gr.1 Irish Derby hero Trading Leather (Teofilo) are also among the entries.

Extract from European Bloodstock News