Irish 1,000 Guineas Analysis
19:15 at Curragh Racecourse on 13th June
Despite no English-trained runners, the 2020 Irish 1,000 Guineas is set to feature 15 runners. That’s the third biggest field in the last decade but, unlike the Irish 2,000 Guineas (run on Friday) a wide draw hasn’t proved a barrier to recent success.
Three of the last 10 favourites have won, but there have also been four double-figure priced winners in that period. Another important recent trend has been that eight of the last nine winners have had at least four previous runs.
Aidan O’Brien has trained four of the last nine winners, and his 108-rated filly So Wonderful is the most experienced runner in the field. She also finished close-up behind stablemate Love in a Group 1 when last seen, who went on to win the English equivalent last week.
O’Brien also saddles the three-time raced 100-rated Peaceful, who wasn’t highly tried last season, but the booking of Seamie Hefferenan suggests she could have improved past her stablemate in the interim.
Both of Aidan O’Brien’s sons also have runners, with Joseph’s best chance looking to be New York Girl, while the unbeaten Fancy Blue makes his debut for Donnacha having been trained by his dad last season. However, along with the once-raced Ridenza, they look short of experience compared to typical winners of the Irish 1,000 Guineas.