Jessica Harrington Proves Just How Good She Is
After Jessica Harrington won the Gold Cups last year she always said her next aim was to win a Classic. She’s the first lady to train a Gold Cup winner and a Classic winner which is an unbelievable achievement.
It highlights even more the strength of Jessica as a trainer. It doesn’t matter if it’s Classics, 5 furlong sprinters, Gold Cup or Grand National horses, she can train them all. Yesterday’s win was a huge team effort and everyone involved deserves credit.
Alpha Centauri was very, very impressive as a two year old. She had lost her form a little bit over past few months and her first run of the season was a little disappointing which again shows how good a job Jessica did getting her ready for the 1,000 Guineas.
It was a huge day for Colm O’Donoghue too and I’m delighted for him. He played a huge part in the Ballydoyle team and his experience was a great help to Jessica. He’s a great jockey and a great help to the team.
Tips For The Derby
The Guineas form is often a good trial for the Derby and Saxon Warrior was very impressive winning the 2,000 earlier this month at Newmarket and I think he’ll follow that up.
When you see a 66/1 shot winning the Irish Guineas it proves that the 3 year olds following him aren’t the strongest bunch.
Great Day For The Smaller Trainers
The winner of the two Classics at the Curragh provides hope to the smaller trainers and it’s great to see some of the smaller outfits winning these big races.
I was very lucky to ride for Paddy Mullins when Vintage Tipple won the Oaks and that was a huge achievement by Paddy and it’s great for the game when things like that happen.
Licklighter and Conron are the two tips I would give for my races today at Ballinrobe and for tomorrow’s races I’d go with A Sizing Network. Those three would be my best chances of winning.