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Irish Guineas Festival Tips [Day 1]

The 2020 Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival takes place on 12 & 13 June at The Curragh. The highlight on day one is the Irish 2,000 Guineas, while the main supporting race on the 8-race card is the Mooresbridge Stakes.

Check out our trends, analysis, and free tips for the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Mooresbridge Stakes:

Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas Analysis

18:40 at Curragh Racecourse on 12th June

Aidan O’Brien has won five of the last 10 editions of the Irish 2,000 Guineas and he saddles six of the 11 runners in this year’s renewal, but the likely favourite is Siskin.

Siskin comes into the race with the only 100% win-record after four victories, three of which come at the Curragh. But as only four of the last 10 winners had won last time out, his rivals won’t be shaking in their horseshoes. He’s also won over as far as 6-furlongs so far, and there are doubts about him staying the mile with plenty of speed on his dam’s side. Trainer Ger Lyons has also never won the Irish 2,000 Guineas before.

I’m inclined to take Siskin on, but the problem is picking which of the six Aidan O’Brien runners to do it with. Ryan Moore has opted to stay in England, so Seamie Heffernan may well have had the pick of O’Brien’s sextet and he rides Lope Y Fernandez. He twice finished placed behind Pinatubo last season and is 2 from 2 at the Curragh. The problem is only one winner in the last decade has been drawn wider than stall-6.

Drawn one stall wider in 10 is Monarch Of Egypt but, while that may scupper his chances, he twice finished close behind Siskin last season. He also isn’t ridden by any of O’Brien’s usual three Classic-winning jockeys.

Padraig Beggy has ridden two classic winners for O’Brien, and he rides Vatican City. He’s prominent in the betting for a horse that has only won a race at Dundalk, but maybe he’s showing the improvement connections prayed he would.

Armory in the hands of Wayne Lordan from stall-4 looks a more solid bet. He’s won twice here at the Curragh and wasn’t disgraced when also second to Pinatubo here in a Group 1. His ¾-length second to recent French 2,000 Guineas winner Victor Ludorum at Longchamp over a mile also reads well.

Free Tip for Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas

TipArmory (Each-Way) @ 5.50 Betfair, Betvictor, PaddyPower

Coolmore Magna Grecia Irish Ebf Mooresbridge Stakes Analysis

19:45 at Curragh Racecourse on 12th June

Aidan O’Brien has won an incredible 9 of the last 10 editions of this Group 2 contest over 10-furlongs, and he puts all his eggs in one basket in the shape of Fleeting. The filly ran some cracking races in Group 1 contests last season, mainly over 12-furlongs, but her run style often suggested she wanted to go up in distance rather than down.

Dermot Weld is the only other trainer to have won the race in the last decade and the 72-rated Maria Christina may well act as a pacemaker for the top-rated Search For A Song. However, though the latter has won over 10-furlongs, she was last seen winning over 14-furlongs. Former Irish Derby winner Latrobe is another high-class rival but he’s 0 from 6 over today’s trip.

Leo De Fury gets the vote after a win and a neck second from two starts over course and distance. This looks like the sort of early season prize he could pick up against rivals who are better over further, especially as could have lots of improvement to come after not starting his racing career until June 2019.

Free Tip for Coolmore Magna Grecia Irish Ebf Mooresbridge Stakes

It could be worth taking an each-way punt on Know It All to beat the O’Brien battalions. Rated just 3lb behind Tango, she has decent form over 7-furlongs for trainer Johnny Murtagh. She also looks sure to make a better 3-year-old, while she looks nicely drawn in stall-5.

TipLeo De Fury (Each-Way) @ SP Bet365

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