Wednesday 21 February 2018

parish tops guineas betting

Parish Hall remains the clear 7/2 favourite for tomorrow's Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas at The Curragh, writes Richard Forristal.

Jim Bolger's Teofilo colt, a 20/1 winner of the Dewhurst Stakes in October and an intended starter in next week's Epsom Derby, is one of 11 to feature among the declarations for our first Classic.

French raider Hermival, third in the English 2,000 Guineas behind Camelot, is next best at 5/1, with Aidan O'Brien saddling four in his bid to maintain a 100pc record in the season's three-year-old Group Ones.

The trainer's son Joseph is aboard the Newmarket disappointment Power, Colm O'Donoghue gets the leg up on Daddy Long Legs, Seamie Heffernan is aboard Wrote and Fran Berry takes the mount on Reply.

With Johnny Murtagh on the Aga Khan-owned Takar for John Oxx, Pat Smullen steps in on the hooded Born To Sea. Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes, who won the one-mile feature with Canford Cliffs in 2010, team up with the Guineas fourth Trumpet Major, while Bryan Smart's Foxtrot Romeo completes the foreign delegation.

O'Brien, meanwhile, has confirmed that Camelot remains on target to try to emulate Born To Sea's brother Sea The Stars by adding the Epsom showpiece to his Newmarket win, though he was keen to stress it would be more than a case of his simply turning up.

"Camelot has been good," he reported of the odds-on ante-post Derby favourite. "The race is a very difficult test of a horse. There cannot be any chink in their armour, and everything has to go right on the day."

Irish Independent

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