Kingman can go one better than at Newmarket

Logic dictates that Kingman will win this afternoon’s Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh and John Gosden’s colt has to be the choice.

The son of Invincible Spirit was unbeaten in three races, facing into the English equivalent at Newmarket three weeks ago, and, though ultimately failing to land the four-timer, emerged with reputation at least intact.

That Newmarket classic was a particularly messy affair, with the field splitting into two groups.

Kingman raced on the far side, with Australia on the stands’ side, but neither could hold the late thrust of eventual winner, Night Of Thunder, who hung badly left in the closing stages.

We can be virtually certain that this race will be run far more satisfactorily and Kingman to possess too much speed for his rivals in the closing stages is the prediction.

The Group 3 Weatherbys’ Ireland Greenlands Stakes could easily pass for a Group 1 with the vote going to Maarek, who gave weight and a beating all round to a decent field in a Group 2 at York last time.

The nap vote falls on Big Break in the Lanwades Stud Stakes. She basically fell short of what was expected last season, but Dermot Weld’s charges are in far better form this campaign and there is still ample time for Big Break to fulfil her undoubted potential.

The Great War, impressive at Tipperary and the Curragh, can confirm he is a live Royal Ascot contender in the Marble Hill Stakes.

John Oxx’s My Titania gets the vote in a wide-open looking Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh tomorrow.

She had to miss the English 1000 Guineas at Newmarket because of a minor setback, but is reportedly very much back on track.

The daughter of Sea The Stars was progressive last season, winning two of her three races, but you suspect the best has yet to come.

Aidan O’Brien’s Adelaide gets the nap in the Group 3 Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes. He won his maiden at Leopardstown in October and was far from disgraced when reappearing to finish second in a Group 2 at Longchamp earlier this month.

O’Brien’s Magician is hard to oppose in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup. Winner of last year’s Irish 2000 Guineas, he should be all the better for a scrambling defeat of Parish Hall at the Curragh 20 days ago.

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