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Today is Irish 1000 Guineas day and a typically strong field has assembled for the fillies' Classic

Updated: Sunday, 26 May 2013 12:20 | Comments

Just The Judge (maroon) finished a close second to Sky Lantern in the Newmarket 1000 Guineas
Just The Judge (maroon) finished a close second to Sky Lantern in the Newmarket 1000 Guineas

Today is Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas day at the Curragh and a typically strong field has assembled for the fillies' Classic.

Newmarket runner-up Just The Judge holds Snow Queen (fifth), Maureen (sixth) and Masarah (eight) but she faces two very exciting types in Big Break and Viztoria.

Dermot Weld's daughter of Dansili has been talked up since slamming her Killavullan rivals at Leopardstown in October and the Edward Lynam-trained Viztoria looked something special when winning the Athasi on her reappearance.

Both could do with a spot of rain, though, likewise Hanky Panky and What Style, whereas Moyglare third Harasiya has already shown she handles a sound surface and Just Pretending has match fitness on her side having already won twice this term.

Aidan O'Brien has made a habit of winning the Tattersalls Gold Cup with his finest older horses down the years and Camelot is the stable representative this time.

Unlucky not to claim the Triple Crown last year, he had a bad injury following his creditable seventh in the Arc but showed the ability still remains when making a successful return in the Mooresbridge and he'll continue to go from strength to strength.

The seven-race card opens with the Big Bad Bob EBF Maiden at 1.45 and O'Brien unleashes Henrythenavigator colt Sir John Hawkins as the handler bids for a third straight success in the race.

The master of Ballydoyle also has a strong hand in the Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes, with Leading Light expected to live up to his name by seeing off stablemate Count Of Limonade as well as Little White Cloud and the unbeaten Sruthan.

O'Brien's Lake Nova looks sure to improve on his introductory effort at Naas in the concluding Newstalk 106-108 Maiden, although Manalapan and Magical Steps will be no pushovers.

Jamie Spencer is an eyecatching booking for Clara Bel La in the Irish Daily Mail Handicap, while Core Element looks sure to be doing her best work late on in the Texacloth Handicap.

Live television coverage of the Guineas Festival from The Curragh from 14:10 on Sunday 26 May on RTÉ Two and RTE.ie (Ireland only). Live radio coverage on Sunday Sport (15:00) on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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