Horse racing betting tips for the 3.55pm Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday.
This Sunday sees the fillies take centre stage in the Irish 1000 Guineas. This race has seen the spoils split over the past quarter century with 13 Irish trained winners and 12 from this side of the Irish Sea. Both are strongly represented at the head of the market in what looks like an open renewal.
AVENUE GABRIEL (18/1 bet365) has been supplemented for this race having made a pleasing reappearance at Leopardstown in March. Trainer Paul Deegan has said that her future will be over further but with the rain falling this is going to turn into a decent test at a mile and she may offer a spot of value.
Lightning Thunder (3/1 SkyBet) ran a stormer when runner up to Miss France in the English equivalent of this race. The worst effort of her career came in the Autumn on the softest ground that she has encountered so, although on the formbook she is a leading contender, the underfoot conditions are looking increasingly detrimental to her chance.
My Titania (NON RUNNER) is another vying for favouritism having shown steady progression as a two year-old. Her September beating of Afternoon Sunlight was well franked when that filly won the 1,000 Guineas trial at Leopardstown with a couple of today's rivals in behind. She hasn't run on ground worse than good and the setback she sustained before Newmarket means that she is making her seasonal debut here which might not be ideal.
Joseph O'Brien has chosen Palace (9/2 William Hill) from his father's three entrants, a filly who wasn't seen on the racecourse for the first time until eight weeks ago. She was described as the best juvenile in the yard last year despite the fact we never saw her on track but she hasn't really lived up to that so far this season. She is entitled to respect based on her connections alone but she will need to up her game if she is to win here.
The in form yard of Dermot Weld is doubly represented and both look to have very solid chances. First up is Tested (5/1 Betfred) who had no trouble keeping her unbeaten record in tact on her Gowran Park return. She wasn't extended to beat Colour Blue on that occasion but a line through that horse would leave her something to find with My Titania. That said, after just the two starts she is open to plenty of progress with soft ground unlikely to cause a problem based on her breeding.
The other Weld representative is VOTE OFTEN (15/2 Ladbrokes) for whom anymore rain would be no inconvenience. Having disappointed on her debut she left that running miles behind when bolting up at Naas in October. Admittedly it wasn't the strongest of contests but she couldn't have won much easier. She kicked off this season with a battling win at the Curragh, a Group 3 win all the more impressive as she was taking on older horses at a very early stage of her three year-old campaign.
The weather looks as if it will play an important role in determining the race winner. Lightning Thunder could well be a possible absentee if there is too much more rain and fellow favourite My Titania is unproven on soft ground making her seasonal debut. It might be worth taking a chance each way on those with form with plenty of give underfoot so AVENUE GABRIEL and VOTE OFTEN get the nod with preference for the latter who may prove best back in her own age group.
AVENUE GABRIEL (E/W) (18/1 bet365)
VOTE OFTEN (E/W)(NAP) (15/2 Ladbrokes)
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