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2021 Irish 1000 Guineas Tips - Favourite looks hard to oppose in Curragh Classic

  • We've published our guide to the 2021 Irish 1000 Guineas
  • This Classic will be run at the Curragh on Sunday 23rd May
  • Pretty Gorgeous heads Joan Of Arc and Fev Rover in the betting
  • Pretty Gorgeous is our best bet at 5/2
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Pretty Gorgeous (centre) beating Mother Earth (left) in the Fillies' Mile in 2020. (Getty)
Jon Vine 22 May 2021
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Fillies pick up where the colts left off at the Curragh on Sunday, as many of the sports most promising three-year-olds do battle in the Irish 1000 Guineas.

18 fillies stood their ground after seven-day declaration stage. We've taken a look through the betting and picked out our best bet.

2021 Irish 1000 Guineas Ofds


Name
Odds
Pretty Gorgeous5/2
Joan Of Arc11/4
Fev Rover5/1
Shale5/1
Miss Amulet8/1
No Speak Alexander11/1
Bar20/1

*Odds taken from William Hill on 22/5/21*

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Topping the market we find Pretty Gorgeous, who ended an excellent juvenile campaign with a hard-fought victory in the Fillies Mile. Joseph O'Brien decided his budding star wasn't quite ready for a return to Newmarket for the British 1000 Guineas last month, but he's sure to have Pretty Gorgeous firing on all cylinders this weekend.

Aidan O'Brien's team will be headed by Joan Or Arc, who earned a crack at this Classic by winning the 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown two weeks ago. Empress Josephine could also represent Ballydoyle, as could More Beautiful and Friendly.

Joseph O'Brien could also throw 1000 Guineas Trial third Thinking Of You into the mix. Messidor, Sense Of Style and Lovely Esteem could also join stablemate Pretty Gorgeous in the field on Sunday.

Not wanting to be left out, the youngest of the three O'Brien's, Donnacha has handed an entry to Shale, whose juvenile form ties in very closely with Pretty Gorgeous. Shale was, however, soundly beaten behind Sunday's favourite in the Fillies' Mile, and looked well short of her best when only fifth on her reappearance at Leopardstown last month.

Fev Rover clung on gamely from the front to snatch a share of the place money in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. Richard Fahey now sends his filly over to Ireland for the first time, but any extra juice in the ground will suit Fev Rover, seeing as she won a Group Two on very soft going at Deauville last season.

Ken Condon withdrew Miss Amulet from the French 1000 Guineas last weekend, in favour of running her here at the Curragh. Miss Amulet impressed over six furlongs on British soil last season, and kept on well to finish third over a mile in the Breeders' Cup.

No Speak Alexander beat Zaffy's Pride in the Athasi Stakes here at the Curragh last time out, and Jessica Harrington could throw both into this Classic. Fantasy Lady hasn't been at her best so far this term, but Paddy Twomey's filly won a Listed prize over course-and-distance as a juvenile, and should be overlooked if she does pitch up on Sunday.

2021 Irish 1000 Guineas Tips


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While Joan Of Arc is clearly a progressive filly, I'm not convinced the form of that 1000 Guineas Trial is very strong at all, and she seems far too short in the betting. Shale has much more to give than what she showed on her reappearance, but on the back of that run she doesn't hold much appeal in the market.

Miss Amulet's form of last season has worked out really well so far and I thought she ran a blinder out in the Breeders' Cup. However, Ken Condon withdrew his filly from the French Guineas when the ground went heavy, and the weather forecast in the Kildare area is really poor this week, so I can't see the ground coming up in her favour on Sunday.

Fev Rover - who won't mind soft ground - was my each-way selection at Newmarket, where she ran a cracker to place third, and she could run another massive race. I feel a little guilty for deserting Richard Fahey's raider, but I'm a huge PRETTY GORGEOUS fan, and I fancy she'll take all the beating here.

Joseph O'Brien's filly won the Debutante Stakes in excellent style on soft ground last season. The ground was soft the day she won the Fillies' Mile too, and the form of that Group One was boosted when third-placed Mother Earth won the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. 

Even at Newmarket - on what was her fifth start of the season - Pretty Gorgeous looked a little green. Shane Crosse's mount didn't do much when she hit the front, and seemed to have plenty more left in the tank.

What struck me most about this daughter of Lawman as a juvenile was the sheer size and scope of her. She really is a beast of a filly. If Pretty Gorgeous has filled out over the winter, she could be a force to be reckoned with in 2021.
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Verdict

Pretty Gorgeous brings the best juvenile form to the table, and could be very hard to beat if she's progressed as expected between two and three. 

2021 Irish 1000 Guineas Tips: Pretty Gorgeous Straight Win @250.00 at BetMGM - 20 Units

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