Fran Berry looks ahead to today's top-class action from the Curragh and picks out his best bets on the card.
1pt e.w. Dragons Call in 2.10 Curragh at 25/1 (bet365 1/5 1,2,3,4,5)
1pt e.w. Concert Hall in 3.45 Curragh at 11/1 (Sky Bet 1/5 1,2,3,4,5)
In comparison to yesterday's 2,000, today's Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas has a really open look to it and it looks a deep race with loads in with some sort of chance.
Tuesday is a worthy favourite after her run at Newmarket but with most firms going extra places and Sky Bet offering five I'm tempted to try and look for a bit of value each-way.
I'm interested in CONCERT HALL for Aidan O'Brien. She was a maiden and Group Three winner at this track last year so we know she likes the course and she kicked off this year in great style, winning the Salsabil Stakes at Navan over 10 furlongs.
She had to switch for a run that day and showed a great turn of foot so I'm not too concerned about her dropping back to a stiff mile this afternoon.
The form of that race could not be working out any better either - the third Cairde Go Deo was a wide-margin winner since, the fourth Tranquil Lady was a wide-margin winner since, while the fifth home Show Of Stars was fourth, beaten just a couple of lengths, being History in a Group Three at Leopardstown.
On the day it looked a good race and since then it's proven to be a strong piece of form.
A strong gallop should play to Concert Hall's strengths and at 11/1 she looks decent value, five places the way to go if possible.
Race two is a wide-open fillies' handicap and we're dealing with previous maiden winners and lots of potential improvers.
DRAGONS CALL is worth a point each-way. This mare is a strong traveller who was a ready winner over this distance at Cork last year.
She was also just beaten a head here at the Curragh last August and definitely shaped like she'd improve a lot for seasonal debut outing at Navan - she travelled well before fading late on.
A likely strong gallop should help her relax better today and trainer John Feane has had two winners from only a handful of runners in the past couple of weeks.
Published at 1100 BST on 22/05/22
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