Today's Racing News: Swiney lacks Derby Flare but Josephine Empressed

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Aidan O'Brien's Empress Josephine provides a power-packed finish to land the Irish 1,000 Guineas

Daryl Carter starts the week with a look at ante-post movers from the weekend, before looking ahead to a great day of racing with a strong focus on one race at Wolverhampton this afternoon.

"The well-bred filly deserved an upgrade given her midfield position in a steadily run race. Still, the bookmakers weren't impressed as she was cut from 5/1 into just 9/2".

Monday's racing comes from Ballinrobe, Wolverhampton on the all-weather, Brighton on the turf, while Ludlow remembers the wonderful Lorna Brooke with their jumps meeting.

Today's meeting at Windsor has been cancelled due to a waterlogged track.

King of the ring - Legendary Gambler and horse trainer Barney Curley dies aged 81

Barney Curley, the legendary punter and former trainer, has sadly passed away aged 81.

Barney was a large character, great for the sport, hated, loved, feared and revered but ever an exciting presence in horse racing.

Every punter in the land wished they could achieve what Barney did every time he pulled off a "coup", and it will be a crying shame that those whispers of, "is it, Barney, it must be Barney?" will not echo around the betting ring any longer. RIP.

A quick look back at the weekend market movers.

Swiney slashed for Derby but lacks Flare

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Last seen finishing fourth to current Derby favourite Bolshoi Ballet 15/8, Mac Swiney emerged a Derby contender himself and is now as short as 15/2 for the race in June after he ground out victory in horrendous conditions in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.

Trainer Jim Bolger had the forecast with English 2,000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare, who finished best of the rest in second. The well supported Van Gogh could only manage third and was cut into 12/1 for the Epsom Derby.

There were some notable absentees due to the weather, so the form doesn't look overly strong, but the winner looked a stout stayer in the conditions. However, the eye was drawn to stablemate Poetic Flare for much of the race, but he found the line coming too quickly.

Bolger has poured cold water on the runner-up's Derby hopes and will stick to 1m with Ascot's St James's Palace the likely aim for which he is now 10/3- that looks a mistake to me.

Poetic Flare looked the one to take out of the race with a view of stepping up in trip, especially given he is bred for it and the winner has already seen the back of the fav. The only profile to be given a boost was the already Epsom Derby favourite, Bolshoi Ballet, and it's starting to look one way traffic in the Derby market.

Market, not Empress-ed as Josephine runs out the winner of 1,000 Guineas

Empress Josephine showed a willing attitude to run down Ryan Moore and Joan Of Arc to get her head in front when it mattered to land a tenth Irish 1,000 Guineas for Aidan O'Brien.

The well-bred filly deserved an upgrade given her midfield position in a steadily run race. Still, the bookmakers weren't impressed as she was cut from 5/1 into just 9/2 for the Coronation Stakes at Ascot next month - which is her intended target.

She is superbly bred and a sister to the outstanding Minding, and given she never raced at two years, she is entitled to improve a good deal this term, and that division is starting to look weak.

Timeform hoping veteran can do the business at Brighton

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Timeform head to Brighton to give us their three best bets of the day.

Read the teams column here.

Race of the day

Wolverhampton host a competitive seven-race card meeting with the 15:30 Class 4 Fillies Handicap 0-85 the feature and today's race of the day.

Samoot heads the market and has done nothing but impress in her two starts this season for trainer Sir Michael Stoute. She quickened up smartly at this venue on seasonal return to score at odds of 10/11 and overcame adversity after an untidy start. She improved next time at Salisbury, to do best of those from the rear to get up and comfortably beat today's rival Rosemary and Thyme and that form has been given a boost by the fourth and fifth, both scoring next time out. She looks potentially very useful, and a 6lb rise in the weights looks lenient, especially given it still allows her to run in this 0-85, effectively a drop in grade from her Salisbury run. She ticks all the boxes!

She Do, for trainer Roger Varian looks a well-treated rival off this handicap mark of 82 after scoring at Doncaster over 6f last time in a race that has worked out remarkably well. The runner-up is now rated 94 and the third 99, and there are form lines that suggest she will leave this mark well behind her in time. She returns from a 228 day lay off, and jockey bookings suggest she may just need this run, but she is certainly one for the notebook in the future.

Gurkha Girl is likely to play a part, but Little Rollright left a good impression at Lingfield in a Novice event last term, and the runner up is now rated 86, and the third has since scored off 73. Her final run at Newbury in a Listed event on heavy ground last term can be easily forgiven, and Richard Hannon has made a good start to the year.

Rhys Williams out to claim more cash with two selections

Our daily tipster Rhys Williams looks to kick the week off with two selections including a 50/1 shot in Ireland.

Read Rhys' column here.

Stat of the day

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Hollie Doyle has a 36% strike rate when riding for trainer Alan Brown 4/11 and is profitable to a £1 level stake returning £21.25 - She has one ride for the trainer today - 2.30 Wolverhampton - Blackcurrent.

Dudman at the ready with a 20/1 Monday monster

Al Dudman is back after going oh so close with a 125/1 double yesterday and is looking to kick the week off with a big priced double on Monday over in Ireland- Al's selections are price boosted on the Sportsbook every day and can be found under the Specials tab.

Read Dudman's double here.

Money Talk

"Money Talk" highlighted a number of winners last week but who are the Betfair customers backing today?

13:45 Ludlow - Valentines Turf is 6/1 into 10/3
18:30 Ballinrobe - Mossy White 12/1 into 8/1
14:40 Wolverhampton - Storm Chaser 10/1 into 7/1

Final Word

Outside of St Mark's Basilica, this classic crop doesn't look the classiest bunch, in my opinion, and the Irish 2,000 Guineas this week was riddled with reason's not to get over-excited.

The weather caused several horses that would have been prominent in the market not to take their chances, and those that did, Lucky Vega and La Barossa, didn't run up to form in conditions.

It's easy to get carried away with a classic winner, but this one relies on soft ground conditions as his 3/3 record on such a surface would suggest.

No doubt if the rain continues to fall, the money will come with it for Mac Swiney in the Derby, but I will chuck my brolly up and get my "lay" net out and catch as many fish as I can.

Until tomorrow, be lucky

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