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Irish 1000 Guineas Runners: 15 Horses Entered For Curragh Classic

A top quality field of three-year-old fillies has been assembled for Sunday’s Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas, which takes place at the Curragh. There have been 15 horses entered for the Group 1 Classic and Aidan O’Brien, who is bidding for a record-breaking 11th win in the race has four entries for the fascinating one-mile showpiece.

O’Brien last tasted victory in this race back in 2021 when Empress Joesphine was victorious, so the Ballydoyle supremo will be eager to get back into the roll of honour again and he could unleash last year’s star two-year-old Opera Singer, who ended her juvenile campaign with a Group 1 win in the Prix Marcel-Boussac.

Second in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot last season, Pearls And Rubies will be looking to improve on a frustrating two-year-old campaign and is likely to be another shot fired by the O’Brien gun, while Buttons and Everlasting complete the Ballydoyle quartet that could take their chance.

Donnacha O’Brien is attempting to emulate his father Aidan by winning this prize, and will saddle Porta Fortuna, who ran an absolute stormer in defeat when second in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. Just outbattled by Elmalka in the closing stages of that Classic, the top notch juvenile will be hoping she can build on that fine run at Flat HQ and is an eye-catching runner.

Narrowly beaten by Dance Sequence in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket last season, Ralph Beckett’s Skellet will be looking to become the first British-trained winner of the race since 2013 when Just the Judge won in 2013, while Fallen Angel will be another flying the British flag and she is on the comeback trail having been sent off favourite for 1000 Guineas at Newmarket a few weeks ago, but could only finish eighth.

Dermot Weld has won this race for the last two seasons with Homeless Songs and Tahiyra and the Rosewell House maestro could saddle the once-raced Azada, who won on her first start and is open to huge improvement.

Jessica Harrington won the race in 2018 with Alpha Centauri and she may send Bluedrum to the Curragh on Sunday, while Paddy Twomey’s pair of the unbeaten A Lilac Rolla and Purple Lily add more depth to a fascinating contest.

1A Lilac RollaPaddy Twomey
2AlpheratzJoseph Murphy
3AzadaDermot Weld
4BluedrumJessica Harrington
5ButtonsAidan O’Brien
6EverlastingAidan O’Brien
7Fallen AngelKarl Burke
8Finsceal LuasJim Bolger
9Opera SingerAidan O’Brien
10Pearls And RubiesAidan O’Brien
11Porta FortunaDonnacha O’Brien
12Purple LilyPaddy Twomey
13Queen Of ThunderKen Condon
14SkelletRalph Beckett
15VespertilioWillie McCreery

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