The final day of the Irish Guineas festival. The feature looks a strong renewal. Hermosa seeks to confirm Newmarket form with a number of rivals.
There is a drop of overnight rain forecast. That should keep the ground in ideal condition. Fans of cantilever roofs, ice cream, and people watching can look forward to a clear, bright afternoon.
1.5 pm: Tally Ho Stud Irish European Breeders Fund (C&G) Maiden
Arizona is a warm order here. Perfectly understandable. He was a good debut second, behind a very promising sort, over course and distance. A step forward will make him hard to beat. A sporting chance is taken on the regally bred New World Tapestry. He appears third choice on jockey bookings. His dam was second string when winning a Curragh maiden on debut. She went on to prove a top class filly. New World Tapestry is her first foal. We're getting a decent price to see family honour maintained.
Selection: New World Tapestry 12/1
2.20pm: Hanlon Concrete Handicap
Just the 28 runners. Hopefully we can narrow the field by concentrating on those drawn high. Gopsies Daughter has been a big eye-catcher on her last couple of starts. As a result she hasn't been missed in the market. A stiff six furlongs may stretch her. However, from what could prove the plot draw, with the talented Killian Leonard back in the saddle, and running off her last winning mark, she looks sure to go close. Peshkova heads a long list of dangers.
Selection: Gopsies Daughter 14/1
2.50pm: Curragh Official Opening day Handicap
Optionality looks interesting here. He bolted up in a course and distance maiden last August. That wasn't a strong race but the subsequent efforts of the placed horses suggest Optionality could be well treated off a mark of 79. He's only had four runs, and clearly goes well fresh. The seven-pound claim of Andrew Slattery gilds the lily. Alreef should run well, and is respected.
Selection: Optionality 16/1
3.50pm: The Tattersalls Gold Cup
A non event for punters. Magical should lead home Flag Of Honour. The bookies are well aware of this fact.
Selection: Magical 1/4
4.25pm: Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas
Hermosa can complete a Guineas double. She looks to face little competition for the lead. This stiff mile should suit better than Newmarket. She will be very hard to pass. Qabala is entitled to improve, and looks the main danger. Just Wonderful can't be trusted in a combat situation, while East would probably prefer easier ground.
Selection: Hermosa 11/4
5pm: Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund 'Habitat' Handicap
Since transferring to Joseph O'Brien's yard, Crotchet has risen four pounds in the weights without winning. Not ideal but she looks the most likely winner here. The better ground looks a positive, and it's very hard to see her out of the frame. Master Speaker should also run well.
Selection: Crotchet 4/1
5.30pm: Boodles Handicap
Rockabill has a bit to prove. He disappointed in the Irish Cesarawitch on his final start last year. His comeback, albeit over a sub optimal trip, wasn't great either. He looked a horse going places for most of last season though. We're getting a decent price to forgive recent reversals. He shapes like this stamina test will suit. This race should be run at a decent clip. That should play to the strengths of the in form Venezia.
Selection: Rockabill 12/1
6 pm: Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden
Hazran probably ran into a smart sort on his seasonal comeback at Naas. A repeat of that form would see him go close. Given that was only his second start, and Michael Halford's horses usually come on quite a bit for a run, we can expect improvement. He should be hard to beat. South Sea Pearl is also likely to step forward, and is feared most.
Selection: Hazran 2/1
Watch the Curragh Guineas Festival on RTÉ 2 from 1.30pm on Saturday and on RTÉ One from 2pm on Sunday. Live updates also on Saturday Sport and Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1.