James Joyce set to stake Guineas claims

ONLY five are set to face the starter in the 2000 Guineas Trial Stakes at Leopardstown this afternoon, but they can all be given a life of sorts.

The vote goes to James Joyce, the medium of some very positive reports at the recent Ballydoyle press day. The son of Danehill would be happier on a better surface, but did handle heavy ground when winning his maiden on this track in October.

The main dangers, Caribbean and Heliostatic, have a similar profile to the selection. Both are apparently well regarded, having landed their respective maidens at the Curragh.

Kevin Prendergast’s horses are in fine shape and his Ugo Fire is the hopeful choice in the Dimitrova 1000 Guineas Trial.

Her neck second to Rumplestiltskin in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at headquarters speaks for itself and she followed that when returning to the Curragh to take a Group Three in smooth style.

Wonder Aloud appeared to be crying out for further when third behind King In Waiting over a mile at the Curragh and is fancied to reverse placings with runner-up Dingle Belle in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden.

Carthalawn, who has been second no less than eight times, gets the nap to take the Buttevant Maiden Hurdle at Cork today.

Rested since going down by 25 lengths to Wild Ocean on terrible ground at Limerick at Christmas, he is a horse with plenty ability, who should find this opposition to his liking.

The featured Listed Imperial Call Chase is best left to Philip Fenton’s Sher Beau, who has to leave a dismal effort at Leopardstown in February behind.

He was well fancied in the Grade One Dr P J Moriarty Chase, but never got going at any stage, trailing in a remote seventh behind The Railway Man.

A decent novice hurdler, Sher Beau had previously produced an excellent display to get off the mark over fences to the tune of ten lengths at Gowran Park and remains a promising talent.

The exciting In Compliance gets the nap to make a big step up in class in the Grade One Powers’ Gold Cup at Fairyhouse tomorrow.

Rated a possible Cheltenham Gold Cup horse of the future by Michael O’Brien, In Compliance has been quite brilliant in his two outings to date over fences and should emerge best in a hot contest.

Mounthenry can defy top weight in the Rathbarry and Glenview Studs Festival Novice Hurdle, in what looks his stiffest test to date.

He has improved steadily all season, turning in another decent effort to score over two and a half miles for the first time on his latest appearance at Thurles.

At Cork tomorrow, Dermot Weld’s Nightime is the one to beat in the Coolmore Spartacus Maiden. The daughter of Galileo was far from disgraced in finishing about three and a half lengths sixth of seven behind Ugo Fire on her debut at the Curragh in October.

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