Leading Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien will attempt to equal Hubert Hartigan in winning seven Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday afternoon and the master of Ballydoyle has every chance of doing just that being responsible for the form horse of the race and 2-1 favourite Found who ended her juvenile campaign with an impressive victory in Longchamp’s Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac.
A slight setback prevented the daughter of Galileo from taking part in Newmarket’s Qipco 1000 Guineas with his trainer electing to send the horse for the less competitive Athasi Stakes at the Curragh the following day but a combination of the heavy ground and lack of condition told inside the final furlong when the mount of Ryan Moore failed to hold the late challenge of Iveagh Gardens, going down by two lengths.
Although we are likely to see a very different Found tomorrow afternoon the Irish Classic looks just as strong as that held at Newmarket so at a short price it is best to look elsewhere for a value alternative and the one who takes the eye at the 8-1 on offer with Coral is another O’Brien inmate in the twice-raced Kissed By Angels. The impeccably-bred filly did not run as a juvenile but made a pleasing start to her three-year-old campaign when finishing a promising second in a Limerick maiden last month but it was her most recent start which suggested that she could be capable of making it to the very top.
Sent off a 13-2 chance against some talented fillies in Leopardstown’s Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial the mount of Seamie Heffernan could not have been more impressive in beating a couple of solid yardsticks in Devonshire and Stormfly without turning a hair. With those two runs under her belt and racing on better ground Kissed By Angels (now the mount of Joseph O’Brien) could be seen in even better light and time may show her to be at least the equal of her illustrious stablemate.
Jessica Harrington’s Bocca Baciata was impressive in beating another fancied contender in Pleascach last time but may be better suited by another two furlongs and a bigger danger could turn out to be the Dermot Weld-trained Joailliere who, although the winner of a Gowran Park maiden on her only start, is held in high regard and looks a top class prospect in the making.
1 Point each-way Kissed By Angels 8-1 Coral