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Power surge puts pressure on Parish in 2000 market

Parish Hall's place at the top of the market for today's Irish 2000 Guineas came under threat yesterday afternoon as support came for the Aidan O'Brien-trained Power, writes Niall Cronin.

Jim Bolger's Parish Hall had been backed from 6/1 into 7/2 for today's opening Classic of the Irish season, but in what is a very competitive heat, Power has now become the horse punters want to be on the right side of.

Despite beating only one rival home at Newmarket when trailing in behind stable companion Camelot, Power was yesterday backed from 6/1 into 9/2 with Boylesports.

Indeed, Ladbrokes go as short as 7/2 about Power, having been 11/2 on Thursday, and that made him joint-favourite with Parish Hall in their books early this morning.

Earlier support for Parish Hall and the recent plunge on Power mean that Newmarket 2000 Guineas third Hermival has been pushed out and is now a general 11/2 shot, which could prove a very big price later this afternoon.

The Irish 2000 Guineas is the feature event on a seven-race card at the Curragh today, with the first off at 1.40 and the big one due to post at 3.15.