Through The Card: Curragh, Sunday May 22

It's Irish 1000 Guineas day at the Curragh on Sunday
It's Irish 1000 Guineas day at the Curragh on Sunday

The experts at Timeform give you their selections for Sunday's Irish 1000 Guineas card at the Curragh.

"He’s up another 4 lb in a better race here but has improved plenty for the application of a tongue time and he remains one to keep on the right side of."

Survivor is bred to be sharp (dam five furlong winner as a juvenile; half-brother Brazen recorded very quick time at Folkestone as two-year-old) and is part of a two-pronged attack in the opener. Aidan O'Brien has won four of the last five renewals of this race so it makes sense to include Churchill, a Galileo colt whose dam was also a winner over the minimum trip as a youngster. Stablemate Istan should improve on his debut at Tipperary.

The Timeform top-rated is O'Brien's emphatic 1000 Guineas winner Minding, who has easily the best form on offer here. The current ante-post Oaks favourite improved with every start last term, a campaign which included wins in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and Fillies' Mile at Newmarket, and cemented her place at the top of the tree with her win at the same track earlier this month. However, a word of caution: all of his six Irish 1000 Guineas were sent off at 5/1 or longer. Rather than making her a banker, we will include Coolmore, whose full sister Marvellous won this race in 2014 and her full brother Gleneagles won the Irish 2000 Guineas last season. The form of Coolmore's Nell Gwyn fifth has been boosted by the winner Nathra, who has since been second in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, and the step back up to a mile will suit here. Michael O'Callaghan's Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial winner Now Or Never is respected.

Beacon Rock gets the nod here after a creditable one and three quarter length fourth of eight to Moonlight Magic in Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown last time. That looks solid form in the context of this race and he's preferred to stablemates Housesofparliament, Landofhopeandglory and General Macarthur. Housesofparliament won a Dundalk maiden in emphatic fashion in April and stepped up on that form when third to Viren's Army in the Dee Stakes last time out, while Landofhopeandglory also suffered defeat in a Derby trial last time but produced a career-best in the process. General Macarthur is less exposed and caught the eye with some good late work at Dundalk on his reappearance.

A very trappy race but there should be plenty of pace on which should suit Bold Thady Quill who is joined by Credit The Giver on the shortlist. Bold Thady Quill ran much better than for a while when 2¼ lengths fifth of 14 to Marshall Jennings at Naas last time, keeping on well close home to be nearest finish. Credit The Giver was a Naas winner in April and followed that up with success of a 10 lb higher perch at Wexford last time. He's up another 4 lb in a better race here but has improved plenty for the application of a tongue time and he remains one to keep on the right side of.

Breeders' Cup Turf winner Found put a low-key reappearance behind her with an impressive Group 3 win last time and in the absence of Time Test is given the vote here, ahead of Fascinating Rock who beat Found in the Champion Stakes at Ascot last term and should get much closer to that rival than he did on his reappearance earlier this month. The Grey Gatsby wasn't beaten far when fourth in this race last season and is a dual Group 1 winner, and helps set this up as a race to savour.

Birthplace is the horse to start with. Like aforementioned stablemate Credit The Giver, Birthplace has improved for the application of a tongue tie, and this, coupled with blinkers, has led to two victories since going handicapping. Ana O'Brien knows the Galileo colt well and the horse can defy a 5 lb higher mark and complete the hattrick. Improvement can be expected from several, including the totally unexposed Maneen who had to dig deep for victory on his reappearance at Limerick but looks open to more improvement now stepping up in trip.

Placepot permutation:
Leg 1: 2, 11
Leg 2: 5, 9
Leg 3: 1
Leg 4: 4, 18
Leg 5: 7
Leg 6: 9

= 8 lines

Recommended bet: Back Credit The Giver each way in the 15:05 at the Curragh

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