A mouthwatering renewal of the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas is set to take place at 3.35pm on Saturday at the Curragh and GG tipster Kevin O’Malley has a 12/1 dark horse he thinks could be up to the challenge…
Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas - Sunday 25th of May @ The Curragh
Rookie trainer and owner Paddy Twomey is one shrewd operator. Since taking out his licence the Cashel, Co. Tipperary man has saddled up 92 runners, firing in 23 winners, along with 25 placed horses. Furthermore, 22 others managed to finish 4th or 5th, suggesting Twomey is a man to take very seriously wherever he sends a runner.
Quite remarkably so early on in his career, Twomey has a rather well fancied runner for Saturday’s Curragh feature Classic, the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas, in the shape of handsome grey DECRYPT. This Dark Angel colt had two starts over 6f at the Curragh as a juvenile, finishing 2nd (RPR 85, Topspeed 82 - classy) on debut, before building on that next time out to score impressively over the same course and distance, recording an improved RPR of 90 and a highly promising TS rating of 85. Back in 3rd that day was a debutante called Lady Kaya, who has since gone on to prove herself top class, finishing 2nd to Hermosa in the Qipco 1000 Guineas last time out.
Decrypt overcame a 315 day absence at Cork last month on his first appearance of 2019, where he made a field of mid-90s rated animals appear to be very ordinary indeed, utilising a sustained and lethal turn of foot to put the affair to bed in excellent style. He was very strong at the line and finished with any amount left in the tank. A Racing Post Rating of 103 was an improvement of around a stone on his pair of notable 2yo efforts and while the speed figure was ordinary enough, he could only beat what was there and I think he could have considerably more to offer in a strongly run race over a mile.
Whether or not he can improve up to the ten year median RPR of around 122 in order to win the Irish 2000 Guineas remains to be seen. There is also the small matter of Too Darn Hot and Magna Grecia to contend with. Magna Grecia is the most likely winner in my book, but many feel his job made significantly easier by how the race panned out at Newmarket -- was he flattered? Is Too Darn Hot the same prospect he was 8 months ago? Both trains of thought are open to debate and the pair are priced as they should be in any case. At 12/1, Decrypt is an interesting each-way alternative to the market leaders. This race has been the target for some time, his trainer clearly knows what he’s doing and so far, so does his star prospect. Evidently, the athletic grey has a strong constitution, an excellent attitude and a bundle of talent to go with it. He’s entirely unexposed, open to further improvement and as such, is the only horse of real interest against the established names in the line-up.
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