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Matt Chapman exclusive: Let’s power into Irish Guineas weekend as the Scoop 6 reaches £15m

A Classic weekend at the Curragh, monster Scoop 6 jackpot and some live fancies at Haydock and Goodwood. Yeeehaaa!

by Matt Chapman | May 23, 2014

A huge Classic weekend and I’ll be at the Curragh for Saturday’s Irish 2,000 Guineas  – it’s going to be a big one.

I have no doubt KINGMAN (3.20pm) will make up for his Newmarket defeat in style. He was unlucky at HQ, but everything is perfect for him at the Curragh. Get on!

If you wan to an each-way selection against the likely 0dds-on fav, a few quid on SHIFTING POWER (3.20pm) might be the answer. Richard Hughes’ mount wasn’t far behind Kingman when fourth to Night of Thunder in the Newmarket equivalent and has done little wrong. The ground may be too soft for Ballydoyle’s War Command.

Over at Haydock, the Group 2 Temple Stakes looks sure to be run on fast ground. It’s hard not to think that SOLE POWER (2.40pm) will outclass his rivals with conditions to suit. I’d love to take more money off Paddy on his (mother’s) horse like we did at Newmarket!


A shot at the Scoop 6 booty

On the same card,  SHOT IN THE SUN (3.45pm) is at the right end of the handicap. While he keeps edging up the weights for getting beat he has a fine draw in stall two and is in good form. Back him each-way in the race.

Incidentally, this is last leg of the mega £15m Scoop 6 booty that goes online with Paddy Power from 8.30am on Saturday morning. I still can’t believe I didn’t win it last weekend! 

Finally at Goodwood on Saturday PETHER’S MOON (2.20) can get his revenge on Gatewood who we tipped to win when they last clashed. Richard Hannon’s runner is 3lb better off for that narrow defeat and I am fairly confident he can turn the tables.

Don’t be soft

The Irish 1,000 Guineas is a very open contest on Sunday and My Titania looks a bit short in the betting having not had a run this season. I like LIGHTNING THUNDER (3.55pm) to give Olly Stevens a first Classic success.

She might not run if the ground gets very soft, but I’m much less worried about that than connections. I think she will take all the beating. An each-way alternative is Dermot Weld’s TESTED (3.55pm), who is improving fast and might just be very good.

Have a great weekend, and hopefully we can take some more cash off Paddy – even from his own horse! You hear me Paddy? Yeeehaaa!

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