Entered in the English 2000 Guineas until the final declaration stage, connections of BLUE DE VEGA (best price 7/4)
have clearly set their stall out to train their star colt for the Irish equivalent given they are bringing him here to gain valuable experience before his big test later in the month. Improving through the ranks last season from the humble beginnings of a Dundalk maiden, Michael O’Callaghan’s inmate rounded off his campaign by landing the Group 3 Killavullen Stakes at Leopardstown in the style of a potentially smart sort. The feature of that display at the Dublin venue was the way he quickened in the closing stages and even though that performance, along with his previous starts were over 7f, he gives the impression that racing beyond that trip will bring about further improvement. Although there’s a good chance he may be just short of his best on his reappearance, he has enough class to come through his acid test and it would come as something of a surprise if he doesn’t line-up in the Irish 2000 off the back of a decent effort this afternoon.