Tested To Take Irish 1000 Guineas For In-Form Trainer Dermot Weld
Khalid Abdullah’s Kingman ran out a most impressive winner of Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas, gaining compensation for his narrow defeat in Newmarket’s Qipco 2000 Guineas earlier this month, and the leading owner has every chance of completing a Classic double courtesy of two fancied runners in Sunday’s one mile contest for fillies, both trained by the in-form Dermot Weld.
Jockey James Doyle will be hoping Vote Again can give him his second Group 1 of the weekend, or third should Noble Mission manage to win his third race in a row in the preceding Tattersalls Gold Cup, although the daughter of Beat Hollow is taking a big step up in class having won a Naas maiden as a juvenile before landing a Group 3 contest at the Curragh on her seasonal reappearance when just getting the better of the 4-year-old Odilez back in March. Both the likely soft ground and the distance should pose no problems for the promising filly but she may struggle in this company and it her stablemate Tested who makes more appeal at 13-2 available with Paddy Power and Ladbrokes.
The Selkirk filly made her debut in an 18-runner maiden at the Curragh last September making a big impression when running out a ready winner from the Aidan O’Brien pair of Sparrow and Dance With Another, travelling well throughout before quickening away inside the final furlong. Having her first run of the season in Gowran Park’s Ladies Day June 21st Fillies Race three weeks ago she outclassed her six opponents without being asked a serious question. Like her stable companion this will be a massive jump in class for the mount of Pat Smullen but in a Classic that lacks any real strength in depth she is taken to get the better of Newmarket runner-up Lightning Thunder and Palace, who looks to be first string for the O’Brien stable.