Timeform Irish SmartPlays: Chicago to blow rivals away

Joseph O'Brien has a strong book of rides at the Curragh today

It's Irish 2000 Guineas day at the Curragh and we have picked out three SmartPlays on what looks a cracking card.....

Chicago is open to further improvement and has a fitness edge over Sindjara who is likely to be suited by further than this in time.

Liberating created a big impression in a race that has worked out very well at Cork in April and is taken to confirm that form with Infanta Branca and Katchy Lady in the Marble Hill Stakes at 14:10. Fillies have a fairly good record in this event and Jessica Harrington's charge looks sure to improve, especially as this stiffer track will suit. The British raider, Cay Verde, won in fine style at Ascot last time and may be the one to give the selection most to do.

Banna Boirche has been a great servant to connections and has looked as good as ever since returning from an unsuccessful stint in Dubai this winter, winning twice in the space of nine days at Dundalk last month. However, all of his eight career wins have come on polytrack, he is edging back up the weights and this is a much more competitive event than the ones he has been competing in of late. Therefore, laying Michael Halford's charge for a place is the advice.

Chicago's pedigree screams stamina (by Montjeu out of a half-sister to Sir Percy) but he coped well with the drop back to today's trip when readily seeing off inferior opposition at Cork last time and is starting off in handicaps from what looks a lenient mark. He is open to further improvement and has a fitness edge over Sindjara who is likely to be suited by further than this in time.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays
Back Liberating in the 14:10
Lay Banna Boirche for a place in the 16:20
Back Chicago in the 16:50
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