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2020 Irish Guineas Festival schedule – Confirmed dates and races for the Curragh

  • Both cards take place in the evening in 2020
  • Action is headlined by the Irish 2000 and 1000 Guineas
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We take a look through the schedule for the 2020 Irish Guineas meeting and highlight the races punters can look forward to watching at the Curragh from Friday 12th June.

The week after Newmarket staged the first Classic races of the new season, the Curragh plays host to the 2020 Irish Guineas Festival. Like the British meeting, the Irish Guineas Festival is usually spread over the weekend, with the Irish 2000 Guineas and the Irish 1000 Guineas headlining their respective cards.

As the first half of the 2020 season has been condensed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Irish Guineas Festival schedule is a little different this year. The meeting will kick off on Friday evening, with the Irish 2000 Guineas starting at 6:40pm. The 1000 Guineas card will take place the following evening, with the namesake race of the day coming to us live at 7:15pm.

Many horses, down the years, have attempted an audacious Guineas double. It’s doubtful whether any horse will attempt that in 2020, as there’s just a one-week turnaround between Newmarket and the Curragh. There’s no reason for punters to be disappointed, though, as high-quality fields have assembled for all of the major races at the Curragh this weekend.

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Friday’s card will feature the usual mix of maidens and handicaps, leading up to the 2020 renewal of the Irish 2000 Guineas. Ger Lyon’s Siskin is the favourite to land that colt’s Classic, despite the fact he hasn’t stepped foot over further than six furlongs during his career to date. A wave of Ballydoyle runners are stacked up behind Siskin at the head of the betting, with Armory, Innisfree and Mogul set to spearhead Aidan O’Brien’s assault.

The Irish Lincolnshire Handicap, which is usually staged at the start of May, will proceed the first Classic of the Irish Guineas Festival, and a high-quality field will battle it out for the lion’s share of the €60k prize pot. The final Group race on Friday’s card is the Moorebridge Stakes, where Aidan O’Brien will be looking for his eleventh victory in the last 12 seasons.

Saturday evening’s card at the Curragh features three Group races, the first of which being the Gladness Stakes, where Royal Ascot winner Circus Maximus could make his reappearance. Another of Aidan O’Brien’s stable stars, Magical could make her triumphant return in the Lanwades Stud Stakes later in the evening, before returning to Ascot for a second crack at the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

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In-between those two pattern races sits the Irish 1000 Guineas. Jessica Harrington enjoyed a stunning campaign with her juvenile fillies last term, and it’s her Prix Marcel Boussac winner, Albigna who heads the current ante-post betting for the 1000 Guineas. Stablemate Alpine Star, who hasn’t been seen since late-August, also sits prominently in the betting.

Aidan O’Brien won the British version with his only entrant, Love, but it’s likely the master of Ballydoyle will fire a number of arrows at the Irish equivalent. Peaceful sits closest to Albigna in the current betting for Saturday’s main event, with So Wonderful, Tango and Passion also likely to make the cut. 

Aidan’s son, Donnacha could have his first-ever runner in a Classic on Saturday evening too, with Fancy Blue fancied by some to run a good race.

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Irish Guineas Festival FAQs

When will the 2020 Irish Guineas Festival take place?

The 2020 meeting is spread over two days, with the cards taking place during the evening of Friday 12th June and Saturday 13th June.

Where is the Irish Guineas Festival being held?

The Curragh racecourse in County Kildare will host the 2020 Irish Guineas Festival.

How can I watch the Irish Guineas Festival?

The racing will be shown live on RacingTV. Visit the Live Streaming page on our website if you want to watch the racing via your mobile or tablet.

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