Tuesday 24 April 2018

Devoted To You is worthy of a little faith

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

While six of the last eight 2,000 Guineas have gone the way of Irish-trained colts, our fillies haven't been nearly as prolific in their equivalent. Just three have been successful at Newmarket in modern times, though two of those, Finsceal Beo and Virginia Waters, have come in the last five years.

Jim Bolger and Aidan O'Brien, the men responsible for those respective triumphs, saddle our only runners in the 2010 Stanjames.com 1,000 Guineas tomorrow. In a wide open renewal, Bolger's Gile Na Greine, a full sister to the classy Cuis Ghaire, has an outside chance on the back of a low-key preparation.

A similar comment applies to O'Brien's Devoted To You. Although she needs to improve on her staying-on second at the Curragh last month, she will relish any rain that falls, and warrants each-way support at up to 25/1.


The fillies also take centre stage at Gowran Park tomorrow. She's Our Mark and Chinese White, the last two winners of the Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes, are again among the 10 runners in this year's Listed race.

As a half-sister to Dylan Thomas and Queen's Logic, Ballydoyle's Remember When is a fascinating proposition, as is John Oxx's Karasiyra, which beat Remember When by a neck at Leopardstown last November. Both are sure to go on to better things yet.

However, Jim Bolger's Sagacious may be the pick. A sister to Group One winners Youmzain and Creachadoir, the daughter of Dalakhani was a smart winner of her sole start as a juvenile last season. It's a stiff task, but Sagacious clearly has a touch of class.

Reiteration is another Bolger fancy in the Classic Trial, while Enjoy Your Life gets the nod in the Bramblestown Handicap. This is a poor three-year-old contest, with little worthwhile form on show. Enjoy Your Life, on its handicap debut, could be up to conceding weight all round under Willie Supple.

Irish Independent

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