Clean up with Regal Power
Man On The Spot previews the action from Sunday's Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas card at the Curragh.
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Aidan O'Brien has won both renewals and SIR JOHN HAWKINS, the second foal of the brilliant quadruple Group 1 winner Peeping Fawn, can complete the treble. Intensified will be ready for this with his yard in such excellent form with their juveniles while Mustajeeb is a half-brother to a 7f two-year-old winner. Taanif has more speed in his pedigree than most of these and looks a threat while Sudirman will be better for his opening run where he missed the break.
JUSTIFICATION should prove best of the Ballydoyle pair and looks the one to be on here. A winner over 1m6f at Lepardstown, he was sent to the UK for the Chester Cup but found plenty of trouble in-running and did well to finish so close. This should be run at a furious pace and his stamina can see him home. Leah Claire was in good form over hurdles before reverting to Turf with a victory over this trip at Lepardstown. She's still well treated and looks a threat along with Clara Bel La, who could do with more rain after her easy victory in the Tipperary mud. Fairview Star and Aladdins Cave fought a battle at Leopardstown last month and the latter can reverse the form with Ronan Whelan's claim a bonus.
Dermot Weld won this last year but the previous six had been won by Aidan O'Brien, who has two entries. LEADING LIGHT should prove the best of them and can take this as he could hardly have been more impressive on his reappearance at Tipperary and an entry in the King Edward VII Stakes suggests he's expected to go on to better things. Count Of Limonade is the other Ballydoyle runner but he'll need to improve from his victory in a Dundalk handicap so Struthan looks more of a threat. He steps up from the 7f he won over here earlier this month but looked a likely middle-distance performer and can only get better. Little White Cloud could hardly have been expected to beat much better rated rivals in the Derrinstown Derby Trial at Leopardstown but ran a fine race and wasn't beaten far so with further progress certain he should make his presence felt.
Despite his injury and illness problems, CAMELOT returned to action in good style over the course and distance three weeks ago, when Negotiate was 8l behind, and the quadruple Group 1 winner should have no problems with these rivals before heading for Royal Ascot. He'll have his pacemaker Windsor Palace to ensure a strong gallop and that's likely to be too much for the promising Al Kazeem. Roger Charlton's charge won a Group 2 at Newmarket a year ago and didn't reappear until last month's Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown which he won impressively. He'll ensure the dual Derby winner doesn't have everything his own way.
Joseph O'Brien picks Snow Queen of the Ballydoyle trio and she looked likely to be suited by this stiff track when staying on in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. However, JUST THE JUDGE was 2l in front of her in second place behind Sky Lantern and Charles Hills' filly, who was unbeaten before heading for the classic, can get back to winning ways. Maureen finished just behind Snow Queen but had an interrupted run when making ground and is no forlorn hope to reverse placings and take this. Viztoria beat Snow Queen very easily here in September and returned to action with a smooth victory over Bunairgead in a Group 3 here so she has to go on the short-list along with Harasiya, a close third to Sky Lantern in the Moyglare here in September. Big Break was very impressive when landing a Leopardstown Group 3 in October and Dermot Weld will have her ready for action despite a long absence.
Harry Trotter won this a year ago and though enters the fray in winning form he's 12lb higher this time while runner-up Jembatt has been struggling for form. Six Of Hearts can usually be relied on to do his best and isn't badly handicapped though it's almost two years since he last won. REGAL POWER is very well in if able to overcome an absence since October. This is his handicap debut and he's on a lower mark than when successful in a Navan maiden so hopefully Eddie Lynam will have him fit enough and he earns the verdict. Core Element, who is in good form, prefers an extra furlong while Rummaging has only had five runs and won his last two at Dundalk but he's another who hasn't been seen for a while. Srucahan has struggled at the weights after his victory at the opening fixture here in March.
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Manalapan looked a nice prospect when narrowly beaten by Rule The World here last month but disappointed at Gowran three weeks later and will have to do better. Orator showed potential last season and was attempting to concede Majenta 5lb on his reappearance at Dundalk while Maggie Dalton looked badly in need of the experience on her belated debut here last July. Lake Nova will have benefited from his run behind Resolute Response at Naas and has to be a threat but a chance is taken on MAGICAL STEPS. The $270,000 yearling made her debut over a mile here in August and though looking in need of the run caught the eye when staying on late. She can do better and is likely to start at a fair price.