The Duke’s Weekend Preview

Clearly the best of the weekend action is in Ireland, at the Curragh, where there’s a plethora of good races.

Saturday’s feature is the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Churchill is definitely the one to beat.

He’s aiming to follow in the hoofprints of Gleneagles (2015), Henrythenavigator (2008), Cockney Rebel (2007) and Rock Of Gibraltar (2002), who have done the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas double this century.

He will probably do it, so Lancaster Bomber in the ‘without the favourite’ market could be the angle.

On Sunday, the Tattersalls Gold Cup is a really hard contest to figure out.

Somehow has been in decent form but Ryan Moore is on Deauville who should enjoy the quick ground conditions.

Decorated Knight is another with good form on fast surfaces while Moonlight Magic will probably come on for the run behind Minding at Naas.

Tough call, but if the eight stand their ground and you can get an each-way price about Decorated Knight, he may be the value.

The Irish 1,000 Guineas is teed up for another odds-on shot in the form of English 1,000 Guineas winner Winter. She is the one to beat but I wouldn’t rule out the improving Rehana or even the twice-raced darkhorse Aneen.

In England, Frontiersman is pretty short in the Listed race at York, so the two at the top of the racecard make appeal on price.

Dal Harraild looks like he could flourish at this longer trip, while Clever Cookie is a really good each-way bet for the weekend. He’s got a great record at York, won this race in 2014 and 2015, wasn’t beaten far in the Yorkshire Cup and I’m rubbing my eyes thinking he can’t possibly be nearly double figure odds. Could it be too good to be true? I hope not.

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