Elarqam The One To Beat In Irish 2000 Guineas At The Curragh

Aidan O'Brien has a sensational record in the Irish 2000 Guineas, which takes centre stage at the Curragh on Saturday afternoon as he has trained the winner in seven of the last ten years, and the master of Ballydoyle will unleash a four-pronged attack in the 2018 renewal, but he will not saddle the favourite Elarqam, who is aiming to build on his fine fourth placed finish in recent 2000 Guineas Newmarket.

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Irish 2000 Guineas   
Elarqam to win    Best Bet 7/4

Elarqam Heads The Betting, But Be Wary Of Ballydoyle Batallion

Unsurpisingly, there's a stellar field lining up for the race, and it's worth delving into the Irish 2000 Guineas Form Guide to try and help find the winner, and why you'd instantly look at the Aidan O'Brien-trained horses it's the Mark Johnston-trained Elarqam that heads the betting at 7/4 with most firms having run a fine race to finish fourth in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

He is still lightly-raced with only three career runs under his belt, but he looked like he could improve considerably for that Newmarket outing, and with a mile looking ideal for him then he has to be the one to beat at the Curragh, as he looks to land his first career Classic win in the Emerald Isle.

Us Navy Flag and Gustav Klimt spearhead the O'Brien quartet and the former was a fine juvenile last season winning the Dewhurst Stakes with aplomb, but he has struggled this season, and was only fifth in the French Guineas last time out, so it could be Gustav Klimt that makes more appeal, as he was only just beaten by Elarqam last time in the Newmarket Guineas, and is sure to run the Johnston raider close here, and at 7/2 with most firms is hard to see out of the frame.

Zihba And Symbolization Feature Prominently In Odds

Elarqam is the one to beat, and is entitled to be a 7/4 favourite with Ladbrokes, but as well as that aforementioned O'Brien duo the eye-catching Zihba (8/1 with William Hill) was an impressive winner of the Group 3 Amethyst Stakes last time out, and could play a primary role here, but may just come up short in top-class company.

Godolphin last won this race in 2005 with Dubawi, but the boys in blue will hope they can recapture the prize on Saturday as the unleash Symbolization, who is 14/1 with Betfair Sportsbook, and is a colt that has shaped with promise, but will need a career best to down some proven Group horses.

Of the others, Would Be King (20/1 with Betfred) and Threeandfourpence (33/1 with Ladbrokes) add more depth to the field, but it's a race that can be dominated by the fancied contenders, and it's Elarqam that can strike for favourite backers in a decent renewal of the Curragh showpiece,

2018 Irish 2000 Guineas Odds

Too Darn Hot
Too Darn Hot 3 - - - - - - - -
Magna Grecia
Magna Grecia 3 - - - - - - - -
Ten Sovereigns
Ten Sovereigns 4 - - - - - - - -
Never No More
Never No More 8 - - - - - - - -
Madhmoon
Madhmoon 8 - - - - - - - -
Advertise
Advertise 10 - - - - - - - -
Line Of Duty
Line Of Duty 10 - - - - - - - -
Jash
Jash 12 - - - - - - - -
Anthony Van Dyck
Anthony Van Dyck 16 - - - - - - - -
Royal Meeting
Royal Meeting 16 - - - - - - - -
Broome
Broome 16 - - - - - - - -
Sangarius
Sangarius 16 - - - - - - - -
Phoenix Of Spain
Phoenix Of Spain 20 - - - - - - - -
Royal Marine
Royal Marine 20 - - - - - - - -
Japan
Japan 20 - - - - - - - -
Masaff
Masaff 20 - - - - - - - -
Circus Maximus
Circus Maximus 25 - - - - - - - -
Mohawk
Mohawk 25 - - - - - - - -
Mount Everest
Mount Everest 25 - - - - - - - -
Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope 25 - - - - - - - -
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House 25 - - - - - - - -
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3. Ten Sovereigns
4/1
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10. Anthony Van Dyck
16/1
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16. Phoenix Of Spain
20/1
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17. Cape of Good Hope
25/1
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19. Mount Everest
25/1
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20. Circus Maximus
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21. Sydney Opera House
25/1
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Odds correct as of 18th Apr, 09:40 Odds subject to change.


Posted: Friday, 25th May 2018
Author: Steve Chambo