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John Gosden colt favoured by punters for the Irish 2000 Guineas

John Gosden colt favoured by punters for the Irish 2000 Guineas

Magna Grecia is being overlooked in favour of a four-time career winner...

One of the biggest head-to-heads of the flat season looks set to occur on Saturday as Too Darn Hot will face Magna Grecia at Curragh. The former is being backed by punters over the latter, though bookies have it the other way.

This year’s 2000 Guineas winner is 6/4 best price to win in the Emerald Isle. Too Darn Hot is slightly behind in the market at 13/8. 

48% of bets in the last 48 hours have gone on John Gosden’s three-year-old, who lost for the first time in his career at York last week. 

These two dominate the betting, with Skardu way back at 8/1 third favourite. Next in line for the punters is Decrypt with 11% of total bets. He sits at 16/1. 

Churchill was the last horse to win both the 2,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas in the same year, back in 2017. Aidan O’Brien trained those successes and is the leading all-time trainer for both events, but is being opposed by Oddschecker users ahead of Saturday. 

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: “The pair are hard to split in the betting, but it is the marginal outsider who is seeing the most action ahead of Saturday's race, despite Too Darn Hot's three year-old career starting in defeat at York. 

Skardu could be an interesting outside shout at 8/1, leading on the other side when going down 4 and a half lengths to Magna Grecia at Newmarket.”