Baz ponders Irish 2000 Guineas and depicts a Phoenix from the flames at the Curragh. #irish2000guineas

Magna Grecia romped to victory at Newmarket in the English equivalent of this race and has to be fancied due to Aiden O’Brien being so successful in doubling up Guineas winners in recent years.

However the time appears to be right for Too Darn Hot who according to Willy Haggas was only 85% for the last run and has apparently come on so quickly an attempt to wait until the Royal meeting in June has been hastily abandoned.

This is all well and good but at 11/8 i’m steering clear. PHOENIX OF SPAIN was a head behind Magna Grecia at Newmarket and only 1 3/4 lengths second to Too Darn Hot at Doncaster. With a current SP of 18-1 and EW extra potential around 14’s this has got to be a safer bet than lumping on a sweaty over-hyped fave. There I’ve said it and probably ruined it now.

2pts EW (or EW extra) PHOENIX OF SPAIN 3:35 Curragh

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