Irish 1000 Guineas
15:15 Curragh, Sunday
Live on RTV
1. Belle Image (Sheila Lavery/Robbie Colgan)
Fairly useful performer who won a minor event at the Curragh (by 2¼ lengths from Rosie Bassett) in 2020. Fifth in the Athasi Stakes at the Curragh (5 lengths behind No Speak Alexander) in May. Plenty to find.
2. Empress Josephine (Aidan O'Brien/Seamie Heffernan)
Sister to Minding who won 19-runner maiden at Naas in March by 1¼ lengths from New York Angel. Got back on track when 2¾ lengths second of 7 to Too Soon To Panic in alisted race at Gowran last time, ridden more conservatively. Needs to improve to figure.
3. Fantasy Lady (Paddy Twomey/William James Lee)
Fairly useful performer who won a listed race at the Curragh in 2020. Fared better than the result when 4½ lengths fifth of 11 to Joan of Arc in 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown last time, left poorly placed. Better expected now.
4. Fev Rover (Richard Fahey/Paul Hanagan)
Smart performer who won a listed race at Sandown and the Prix du Calvados at Deauville (by a neck from Plainchant) in 2020. Proved better than ever in first-time cheekpieces when 1¼ lengths third of 11 to Mother Earth in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket last time, racing freely up with pace. One of the leading form contenders and not to be underestimated.
5. Friendly (Aidan O'Brien/Wayne Lordan)
Fairly useful filly who finished a good second of 13 in a maiden at Gowran 19 days ago. Stable in good form, but has plenty to find on form.
6. Joan of Arc (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore)
Won 20-runner maiden at the Curragh in March by 1¼ lengths from Approach The Dawn and also won 11-runner 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown last time by 1¾ lengths from Flirting Bridge, kicking on 2f out (well ridden). Well-related filly who has even more to offer. Commands respect.
7. Miss Amulet (Ken Condon/Colin Keane)
Useful performer who was successful in 2020 in a maiden at Cork, listed race at Naas and the Lowther Stakes at York (by length from Sacred). Has since produced good placed efforts in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket (½-length second to Alcohol Free) and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland (2¾ lengths third of 14 to Aunt Pearl).
8. No Speak Alexander (Jessica Harrington/Shane Foley)
Won a maiden at Roscommon (by 6½ lengths from Divinely) in 2020 and was much improved when also winning the Athasi Stakes at the Curragh last time by 1½ lengths from Zaffy's Pride, edging ahead over a furlong out and driven clear. Worth a crack at this.
9. Pretty Gorgeous (Joseph O'Brien/Shane Crosse)
Smart performer who won a maiden at Bellewstown and the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh (by 2½ lengths from Shale) in 2020. Back to best when also winning 10-runner Fillies' Mile at Newmarket final start that year by ½ length from Indigo Girl, travelling well and finding plenty to lead a furlong from home. Sets a good standard on form and is open to further improvement. The one to beat.
10. Sense of Style (Joseph O'Brien/Declan McDonough)
Won a maiden at Naas in 2020 and finished third in the 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown (length behind Keeper of Time) in April. Below form when 5¼ lengths sixth of 11 to Joan of Arc in similar event at Leopardstown last time, left poorly placed.
11. Sweet Gardenia (John Joseph Murphy/Oisin James Orr)
Won a minor event at Naas and a listed race at Tipperary (by length from Ontario) in 2020. Shaped as if retaining ability after seven months off when 6½ lengths sixth of 8 to No Speak Alexander in Athasi Stakes at the Curragh last time. More needed, though.
12. Sziget (David Henry Bergin/Joey Sheridan)
Showed fairly useful form to win a maiden at Naas in 2020. Finished third in the Park Express Stakes there (3¾ lengths behind Epona Plays) in March, and was again below form when 8½ lengths sixth of 10 to La Petite Coco in a minor event at Killarney last time, unable to sustain effort. Has since left John F. Grogan and isn't of much interest.
13. Thinking of You (Joseph O'Brien/Gary Halpin)
Fairly useful performer who won a maiden at Limerick in 2020 and got back on track when 3½ lengths third of 11 to Joan of Arc in 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown last time, better placed than most. Hard to see her reversing the form, though.
14. Zaffy's Pride (Jessica Harrington/Tom Madden)
Won a maiden and a listed race at Dundalk in 2020 and ran up to best when 1½ lengths second of 8 to No Speak Alexander in Athasi Stakes at the Curragh last time, no extra only late on. Has a bit to find.