George gets Guineas vote

I suppose one has to row in with George Washington to land the Boylesports Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh this afternoon.

There is no doubt he stands head and shoulders above all ten rivals, but the major worry has to be the possibility his blinding speed could be stifled by testing ground.

The son of Danehill was a brilliant juvenile and the evidence of his stunning performance in the English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket indicated he is likely to be even better as a three-year old.

At Newmarket, George Washington produced a devastating kick in the closing stages to slam high-class Sir Percy by two and a half lengths.

If he proves equally at home on this surface, surely unlikely, then there can only be one outcome and that will be George first and the rest scrambling for the places.

Mud-loving Decado looks the best alternative. He’s won twice up the Curragh this season in fine style and it won’t be the biggest surprise in the world if he puts it up to the hot-pot.

Tommy Stack’s Drayton - the ground won’t be a problem - is strongly fancied to keep his unbeaten record intact in the Listed Isabel Morris Stakes.

The son of Danetime made a favourable impression when scoring easily on this track first time up, before returning to headquarters to beat Karl Burke’s Chjimes a hard fought head.

Miss Sally, who scored at Cork earlier in the month, following an interrupted preparation, can take the Group Three Weatherbys’ Ireland Greenlands Stakes.

If feeling lucky risk a little each-way on Proud To Be Irish, noted running on strongly at the end of ten furlongs in a moderate race at Clonmel last time, in the 27-runner Handicap.

If today’s 2000 Guineas has a bit of a cut-and-dried appearance, the same certainly cannot be said of tomorrow’s Boylesports Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh.

Queen Cleopatra, rejected by Kieren Fallon and the mount of Seamus Heffernan, is the choice in what is a real puzzle.

The daughter of Kingmambo quickened in style for Heffernan when enjoying a first success in a Group Three at Leopardstown 13 days ago, looking as if she might be rapidly on the upgrade.

Whatever Fallon’s fate in the classic, he has a powerful hand through the day. He teams up with Irish Derby and Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe hero Hurricane Run in the Tattersalls Gold Cup and Andre Fabre’s colt cannot be opposed in a disappointing three-runner affair.

Magicalmysterytour, partnered by Fallon and second to stable companion Talenti at Naas, gets the nap in the Maiden.

Eagle Mountain and Fallon will be hard to beat in the Boylesports Maiden. He very much caught the eye on his debut when fifth behind Emerald Hill in a winners’ race at Naas.

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