No surprise to see a top-class card at the Curragh on Irish 1000 Guineas day and here are three win selections on what is sure to be a very informative afternoon.
"Pencil Hill has been raised 9 lb for that latest win but still looks well in on some of his five-year-old form".
Tannery (14:05) is bred to excel at middle distances and has duly improved this year, taking a Dundalk handicap before putting up a career-best effort when beating Soon in a listed event at Gowran last time. The David Wachman stable continue in excellent heart and Tannery's progression didn't look like coming to an end anytime soon when taking that aforementioned listed event and is expected to relish this trip on a more galloping track. This is a competitive Group 3, but Tannery deserves to be shorter than
The progressive Backbench Blues is one to keep on the right side of in the 15:05 as, although he has already rattled off a hat-trick, he is still open to further improvement. Successful in a maiden at Dundalk in September, and a seven furlong Leopardstown nursery in 2011, he showed himself to be better than ever when readily winning a minor event at Naas on return. This new trip holds no fears for him whatsoever and he's expected to extend his winning sequence.
Pencil Hill looks the one to be most interested in out of the sixteen intended runners in the sprint handicap at 16:15, back at the scene of most of his best turf performances, and coming into this on the back of a good AW win in April. Tracey Collins's runner won a handicap here in 2010, and took advantage of drop in weights at Dundalk, readily beating Copper Dock. He's been raised 9 lb for that but still looks well in on some of his five-year-old form.
Back Tannery in the 14:05
Back Backbench Blues in the 15:05
Back Pencil Hill in the 16:15