Siskin prevailed in the Irish 2,000 Guineas. The race developed into something of a bluffing game. Ultimately Colin Keane, ably assisted by a very fast horse, held all the aces. Another feather in the cap of trainer Ger Lyons. The fillies strut their stuff on Saturday. I have a hunch the Irish 1,000 Guineas will be a more straightforward affair.
4.00 EquiNectar Handicap
Jerandme is a consistent, progressive sort. He also remains relatively unexposed. Another step forward can be expected here. It might be enough. Sneaky Getaway enjoys a big class edge. He's feared most.
Selection: Jerandme 7-1
4.35 Tally-Ho Stud Maiden
Finest is the sole Ballydoyle bullet here. That's probably significant. Tassel Flower makes some appeal on pedigree.
Selection: Finest 5-4
5.10 Irish Stallion Farms Maiden
Florence Camille entered numerous notebooks after her taking debut in Cork last August. The scribblers can get their reward here.
Selection: Florence Camille 5-2
5.45 Platinum Bloodstock Handicap
Zippity looks on a handy mark. She should continue to progress this season and looks the one to beat. Strong Johnson will likely put in another solid shift.
Selection: Zippity 13-2
6.15 Ragusa Handicap
Edification still appeals as a well-handicapped sort. The booking of a promising claimer only sweetens the deal. He can go close at rewarding odds. Verimli provides the X factor here.
Selection: Edification 25-1
6.45 Coolmore Gladness Stakes
Lancaster House looks a horse to follow this season. He may well still be unbeaten but for suffering an injury on his final start last season. He can take advantage of a weight concession from Speak In Colours.
Selection: Lancaster House 11-8
7.15 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas
Albigna heads the market here. She was the best of these last season and the Harrington stable has resumed the season in rare form. Peaceful looks the type to make massive strides this season. She may well get a relatively easy time on the lead here. The quicker ground looks a positive on pedigree. Ridenza will need to be very good to overcome inexperience. She might just be very good though.
Selection: Peaceful 10-3
7.45 Lanwades Stud Stakes
The trip is definitely on the sharp side for Magic Wand. She also has to shoulder a penalty. A dearth of credible opposition renders those concerns largely irrelevant though. She should be winning here. Lady Wannabe appeals as the forecast option.
Selection: Magic Wand Evs
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