Saturday, May 23, 2009

IRISH 2000 GUINEAS

THE CURRAGH GRADE 1 TURF RACE IS EXPECTED TO FEATURE “TESTING” GOING

Much attention will be on the winning chances of two 2,000 Guineas runners DELEGATOR and MASTERCRAFTSMAN, the 2nd and 5th finishers, respectively. The focus on the two wagering choices is understandable considering the last eight Irish 2,000 Guineas winners came out of the English version. However, streaks are meant to be broken and there’s no time like Saturday to start a new trend…or at least interrupt the dominating angle of choosing the winner.

There is one entry that I fancy better of two possible price winners: RECHARGE. He won the G.3 Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial on 29March, his seasonal debut. That race should have him tightened sufficiently to produce a top effort against the stiffest competition he’s ever faced. The son of Cape Cross (Ire) is the third foal out of G.1 winning Rebelline (Ire). The dam defeated English and American Champion 3y.o. Johannesburg in a G.3 when both were four years of age. The sire is well known to worldwide horse racing enthusiasts, having produced the best turf female of the new millennium: Ouija Board.

I expect RECHARGE to see every bit of the heavy one mile course at a solid price.

The other entrant I give a light chance to upset is RAYENI, but he will not be as generous at the window considering his 4-1 morning line and undefeated record at age two. He’s one of those talented horses who could turn out to be a freak, even more than his two wins have threatened he’d be. However, his lack of recent racing is a major drawback.

Good luck with the weekend stakes. Check out the Japanese Oaks (early Sunday a.m. eastern), the Irish 1000 Guineas (Sunday a.m.), the competitive Arlington all stakes pick 4 on Saturday, and the return of ZENYATTA in the Milady where she’ll meet stablemate LIFE IS SWEET. Then Memorial Day Monday, there is the Metropolitan H. more affectionately known to me as the Met Mile.

2 comments:

George said...

Rob,I also gave Rayeni a shot. I liked his late turn of foot. Unfortunately the footing came up too heavy for that attribute to be effective. In the end Mastercraftsman made it look easy.

Amateurcapper said...

George,

I was right to discount DELEGATOR but MASTERCRAFTSMAN was much the best. RECHARGE couldn't find a late gear on the testing turf.