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Irish 1000 Guineas Odds – Battle of the Generations for Favouritism

It is a battle of the O’Brien yards towards the top of the market for the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday. The second Classic of the Irish season is the fillies’ event over 1m, with 15 still in contention to go to post at 3.45pm.

Aidan O’Brien’s Opera Singer narrowly leads the way in the betting at a best price of 5/2, though is closely pursued by son Donnacha’s Porta Fortuna; the 1000 Guineas runner-up was beaten just a neck to Classic glory in Britain at the start of May and seeks compensation at best odds of 3/1 as things stand.

Another filly already placed in a Classic is Vespertilio, who finished a close third in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, or French 1000 Guineas. She is at 6/1 alongside Fallen Angel, Karl Burke’s daughter of Too Darn Hot who is on a retrieval mission after a disappointing eighth as favourite for the Newmarket equivalent.

The only other British-trained runner is Skellet, trained by Ralph Beckett. She was a narrow runner-up in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes as a juvenile, but would be making her debut for the season in this contest and would need to prove her fitness at 20/1.

Ballydoyle will not solely rely on Opera Singer should they declare any of their remaining trio. They are Buttons (10/1), who has already raced twice this season, the consistent Pearls And Rubies (25/1), a fast finishing second in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes last season, and Kingman filly Everlasting (33/1).

HorseTrainerBest Odds
Opera SingerAidan O’Brien5/2
Porta FortunaDonnacha O’Brien3/1
Fallen AngelKarl Burke6/1
VespertilioWillie McCreery6/1
ButtonsAidan O’Brien10/1
Purple LilyPaddy Twomey10/1
A Lilac RollaPaddy Twomey12/1
BAR 20/1