Timeform Irish SmartPlays: King for a Day

Kingman can win the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh
Kingman can win the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh

Timeform bring you three bets, including one in the big race itself, on Irish 2000 Guineas Day...

Unbeaten as a juvenile, Kingman made a tremendously impressive return to action as he routed his rivals in the Greenham Stakes, sprinting clear in the closing stages to beat subsequent Guineas winner Night of Thunder by four and a half lengths

The Aidan O'Brien-trained As Good As Gold was doing her best work at the finish on debut at Naas and she should derive significant improvement from that initial effort; she can take the opening six-furlong maiden (13:45). Off the bridle a long way out at Naas, in a contest that appealed as a strong race of its type, As Good As Gold shaped encouragingly as she stayed on in eye-catching fashion and she looks the type to improve markedly. Support for any of the well-bred newcomers would, of course, have to be taken very seriously, but As Good As Gold gets the vote.

Maarek is a very smart sprinter with ease in the ground and, having run right up to his best to win the Duke of York Stakes under a penalty just over a week ago, he should take plenty of beating in the six-furlong Greenlands Stakes (14:45). Maarek won a total of three times last season, including the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp - a first top-level triumph, incidentally -and he is evidently as good as ever based on his recent York success. Any further rain will play to the strengths of Maarek as he relishes testing conditions, and he is likely to launch a bold bid.

It was slightly disappointing that Kingman couldn't justify favouritism in the 2000 Guineas, but the feeling remains that he is a top-class colt in the making and he should be backed to gain compensation in the Irish equivalent (15:20). Unbeaten as a juvenile, Kingman made a tremendously impressive return to action as he routed his rivals in the Greenham Stakes, sprinting clear in the closing stages to beat subsequent Guineas winner Night of Thunder by four and a half lengths. Connections don't anticipate soft ground posing any problems to Kingman - though he probably wouldn't want the emphasis on stamina - and he should bounce back to winning ways.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
All at the Curragh

Back As Good as Gold in the 13:45
Back Maarek in the 14:45
Back Kingman in the 15:20

 

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