Latest ground and betting news on Irish 1,000 Guineas day
Six days to the Derby and five to the Oaks and guess what British racing serves up as a warm-up act?
No, there is not a set of stalls in sight in Britain, just hurdles and fences as Uttoxeter, Kelso and Fontwell hold court.
At least these meetings are down the spine of the UK to give most jumpings fans the chance to get their fix without too much of a trek.
British Flat fans need to travel by plane, train or boat to the Curragh for the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas and Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh or France with four Group races at Longchamp.
Germany hosts its domestic 1,000 Guineas with Mark Johnston looking for some consolation with Nyaleti for the dismal showing of Elarqam in the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Curragh (first race at: 1.50)
Good (straight course), good to firm (round)
Good, good to soft in places (GoingStick: 8.2)
First fence in straight omitted. Distances: first +38yds, third and sixth +30yds, seventh +19yds
Good, good to firm places
Good, good to firm in places (GoingStick 7.5)
Distances: first, fourth and sixth +18yds, second, third, fifth and seventh +12yds
2.15 Fontwell - Good News 7-2 (from 6-1)
2.25 Curragh - Lancaster Bomber 8-1 (from 16-1)
4.00 Fontwell - Antony 9-4 (from 3-1)
What to back
The quickfire ten-second tip is a Group 1 hope at the Curragh.
There is two for the price of one for the big meeting at Sha Tin which is already underway in Hong Kong with Rob Watson fancying a former Alan King-trained Royal Ascot winner.
What to read
RP Sunday has its usual unmissable features for members including John Gosden the subject of the big read.
What to watch
Bruce Millington and Paul Kealy chew over today's action helped out by Mark Boylan in Ireland with Paddy Power providing the prices ahead of the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas and Tattersalls Gold Cup.
Fancy the Irish angle then check this out:
Mention of the Group 1s at Epsom next week should make you check out the footage from Newmarket correspondent David Milnes when giving access to the Godolphin big hopes and talking to trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey William Buick.
The best of Racing Post Sport
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Don't scoff at the Sky Bet League One play-off between Rotherham and Shewsbury. Certainly Steve Davies is not as he finds a bet and the killer stats.
Hughie Morrison controversially lost a Group 2 in Germany last weekend so let's hope his Marmelo can right the wrong in another Group 2 at Longchamp today as the six-year-old entire has never finished out of the frame in his races in the republic.
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