Joan Of Arc going the right way ahead of Irish 1000 Guineas tilt



Hoping expensive filly can handle conditions

13:30 – Heart To Heart

She is a Zoffany filly out of a 1m/1m2f performer that I used to ride, and she is a half-sister to the Commonwealth Cup winner Golden Horde, so unsurprisingly she cost a fair bit as a yearling. Let’s hope she can handle conditions.

Happy to ride any of our three

14:05 – Hector De Maris

All three of our colts have to improve to win this but all have the potential to do so after so few starts, and Arturo Toscanini and Hector De Maris have winning form on heavy, while Matchless shaped okay in the 2000 Trial at Leopardstown last month, should be suited by stepping up to 1m2f and perhaps first-time blinkers will suit, too. All three have a similar level of form going into the race, and I’d have happily ridden any of them, to be honest. But Hector De Maris has that heavy ground form and shaped okay for me at Epsom on his return.

Race fitness could be a big advantage in this ground

14:40 – Broome

He has a good record on soft, winning three from four, including a wide-margin defeat of Sovereign in a Ballysax, so hopefully he will handle conditions. We know he comes in here in great form, having left his 2020 frustrations behind him with his three successes, and he looks to hold a very solid chance once again. Last year’s Derby winner Serpentine and Irish Derby runner-up Tiger Moth probably hold better form claims – certainly Serpentine does on that Epsom win – but my colt comes in here race-fit, and that may be a big plus in this ground.

She can come up to the level of the form horses

15:15 – Joan Of Arc

Joan Of Arc clearly has to step up to the level of the Group 1-winning and Classic-placed fillies in here, but you won’t get many better-bred fillies than her and she is going very much the right way on the evidence of her win at Leopardstown last time, where I was impressed by her. She will clearly encounter very different conditions here but it was pretty testing when I rode her to win her maiden here last season and I can see her coming up to the level of the form horses. She has it to prove in this company though, that much is clear.

On a very fair mark

15:50 – Bright Idea

I haven’t ridden him before but he clearly ran a great race to finish second to the then-rated 86 Champers Elysees here last season and he got off the mark at Killarney earlier in the month. A mark of 83 looks very fair to me.

Fair mark and step up in trip is fine

16:20 – Horoscope

He won his maiden in testing ground here in March and he ran a solid race when third over 7f in Listed company recently. A mark of 99 looks okay on the evidence of his last two runs, and the step up to 1m shouldn’t be a problem.

Decent starting point for him

16:55 – Father’s Day

He is by Galileo out of the smart Group 3-winning 6f horse Fire Lily, so 1m2f in this maiden looks a decent starting point.