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CURRAGH PREVIEW | The Irish 2,000 Guineas

The team review the upcoming one-mile classic at the Curragh on Saturday



Curragh Racecourse General

The first two of the Irish classics get underway this week, with the Irish 2,000 Guineas featuring at the Curragh on Saturday afternoon.

The contest gets underway in County Kildare at 3:20, with clear favourite NATIVE TRAIL aiming to go one better after finishing second in the British equivalent.

The Oasis Dream colt produced a spectacular two-year-old campaign, landing Group 1 honours in the Dewhurst as well as the Vincent O’Brien Stakes.

Charlie Appleby’s recruit kicked off the campaign with success in the Craven Stakes, before finishing behind Coroebus in the 2000 Guineas last month.

Native Trail Curragh
Native Trail aims to return to winning ways at the Curragh on Saturday

The three-year-old is very clearly the one to beat here and it will take a special performance to get the better of him.

BUCKAROO looks to be the main threat to the favourite, with the Fastnet Rock colt impressing on his latest outing,

After coming close on few occasions over 1m2f, trainer Joseph O’Brien opted to drop the three-year-old back down to a mile and it paid off as he thundered home to win by four lengths in the Listed Tetrarch Stakes.

His C&D experience should benefit him here, but he has 11lbs to find on the favourite and he will need to produce a career best here.

Joseph O'Brien
Joseph O’Brien sends Buckaroo to the Curragh for the Irish 2,000 Guineas

IVY LEAGUE is the sole representative from Aidan O’Brien’s yard, with the Galileo colt still having plenty to prove after only four outings for his connections.

His inexperience got the better of him in the Amethyst Stakes, but there were positives in his performance and he does carry the opportunity of making some improvement here.

The three-year-old could well have more in the locker and he looks more than capable of claiming a place in this contest.

IMPERIAL FIGHTER could run well at a big price for Andrew Balding after carrying some handy form, finishing close behind Luxembourg and Coroebus in recent attempts.

Andrew Balding - Glorious Goodwood
Andrew Balding will be hoping for a big effort from Imperial Fighter at the Curragh

Ger Lyons’ ATOMIC JONES is getting his chance in Group 1 company following a respectable two-year-old campaign, while WEXFORD NATIVE aims to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Mac Swiney for Jim Bolger.

DUKE DE SESSA will need to show some improvement if he is to be competitive here for Dermot Weld, and Martin O’Callaghan’s MALEX is stepped up rapidly in class after finishing fourth in Listed company.

Sheila Lavery’s NEW ENERGY completes the line-up.


Ivy League E/W @ 14/1

Imperial Fighter E/W @ 50/1

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.