Timeform Irish SmartPlays: 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

Timeform pick out three bets from Irish 1000 Guineas day at the Curragh on Sunday.

"Ana O'Brien knows the Galileo colt - a brother to Astrology and Sandro Botticelli - well and the horse can defy a 5 lb higher mark and complete the hattrick."

Beacon Rock - Curragh 14:30
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 his trainer has won this race nine times since 2004. Beacon Rock is still in the Derby and last season's Beresford Stakes third can put his strong course form to good use. The biggest threat is likely to come from one of his stablemates Housesofparliament, Landofhopeandglory and General Macarthur.

Birthplace - Curragh 16:10
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 - a brother to Astrology and Sandro Botticelli - well and the horse can defy a 5 lb higher mark and complete the hattrick. Birthplace has a good draw to work from and is on a steep upward curve, so is therefore preferred to the 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.

Jennies Jewel - Curragh 16:45
Jennies Jewel has improved significantly over hurdles since winning a Flat maiden at Galway last October and this mark of 83 could make her very well-handicapped. Jennies Jewel won at Thurles over hurdles in March and then followed that up with a much improved effort when chasing home One Track Mind in the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. A strong stayer, this trip should be ideal, and she is preferred to bottom-weight Sense Of Victory.

Timeform Irish SmartPlays:
(All at the Curragh)

Back Beacon Rock in the 14:30
Back Birthplace in the 16:10
Back Jennies Jewel in the 16:45

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