English 1000 Guineas winner Homecoming Queen will face seven rivals in the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas taking place at the Curragh this Sunday. The Aidan O’Brien trained filly (4/5) will face stiff opposition from Yellow Rosebud (7/2) trained by Dermot Weld, the Kevin Prendergast trained La Collina (7/1), and the sole British trained challenger Samitar (16/1).
Eleven colts go to post in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas on Saturday. Aidan O’Brien’s four runners are lead by Power and Daddylonglegs, while the Jim Bolger trained Parish Hall, currently the 7/2 favourite and the John Oxx trained pair of Takar and Born to Sea are other notable contenders who will attempt to keep the first Irish Classic race of the year at home. A strong overseas trained challenge includes Hermival from France who finished 3rd in the English 2000 Guineas, the Richard Hannon trained Trumpet Major and Foxtrot Romeo trained by Brian Smart
Twelve sprinters will line up in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes also on Saturday, including Nephrite, Fire Lily and the British trained Tiddliwicks, Hitchens and Jimmy Styles, while Liberating, Infanta Blanca, Katchy Lady and Verbal Honestly are among the 8 runners in the Emirates Equestrian Federation Marble Hill Stakes, together with the British trained Cay Verde a recent winner at Ascot trained by Mick Channon
Emulous and Alanza are among seven Irish trained fillies to face the strong British trained pair of Law of the Range and Winter’s Night in the TRI Equestrian Stakes.
On Sunday multiple Group 1 winner So You Think is one of 5 runners in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup where Famous Name and Bible Belt are other notable entries, while the David Wachman trained Tannery will attempt to land this third race of the season in the Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes with Speaking of Which, Crius and Frontier among the other notable runners in the Group 3 contest.
1st of 7 races is 1.40 on Saturday while there are 8 races on Sunday starting at 1.35pm.