Tattersalls Gold Cup tips and runner-by-runner guide to Sunday’s 2.40 at the Curragh

This looks a proper Group 1 race.


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A cracking renewal of the Tattersalls Gold Cup is on the cards after eight quality runners were declared for Sunday’s 2.40pm at the Curragh.

Prix Ganay hero State Of Rest and Dubai Turf scorer Lord North are the leading pair on ratings but Alenquer got the better of the latter in the Winter Derby, Helvic Dream and Broome were the 1-2 in this 12 months ago while Mac Swiney secured last year’s Irish 2000 Guineas.


High Definition, who looked the real deal as a two-year-old, and Bear Story complete the field.

You’ll find Tattersalls Gold Cup tips and our runner-by-runner guide to the eight runners below.

Tattersalls Gold Cup runners


Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 4 Draw: 7

Very smart colt who beat Lord North by 2½ lengths when winning the Winter Derby on his reappearance. Creditable 1¼ lengths sixth of 15 to Shahryar in Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan (1½m, good) next time, racing freely. Back down in trip. Respected with yard in flying form.

Bear Story

Trainer: M. Halford Jockey: R. P. Whelan Age: 4 Draw: 1

Smart colt. 14/1, good ¾-length second of 7 to Layfayette in Mooresbridge at this course (1¼m, good to soft) 20 days ago but likely to find a few too strong at this level.


Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: W. M. Lordan Age: 6 Draw: 6

Very smart horse who was edged out by Helvic Dream in this last year. Off since his below-form 8½ lengths eleventh of 18 to Contrail in Japan Cup in November. Moore seemingly prefers High Definition.

Helvic Dream

Trainer: Noel Meade Jockey: C. T. Keane Age: 5 Draw: 3

Very smart effort when pipping Broome in this 12 months ago. Not seen again unitl his 2¾ lengths fifth of 9 to Layfayette in Alleged here 42 days ago. Should be sharper with that behind him but this looks a slightly stronger race than last year.

High Definition

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 4 Draw: 2

Looked a top-class prospect at 2 but hasn’t gone on as expected since, despite the betting often speaking in his favour. Respectable efforts behind Layfayette in Group events here this spring but more will be needed here.

Lord North

Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 6 Draw: 4

All the sharper for his reappearance second to Alenquer in Winter Derby when landing a second successive Dubai Turf (dead-heated this time) at Meydan in March. Another prominent showing looks assured.

Mac Swiney

Trainer: J. S. Bolger Jockey: K. J. Manning Age: 4 Draw: 8

Won the Irish 2000 Guineas here a year ago but reproduced that form only once later in his 3-y-o campaign. Others preferred on return.

State Of Rest

Trainer: Joseph Patrick O’Brien Jockey: S. M. Crosse Age: 4 Draw: 5

Been seen to very good effect overseas, winning Saratoga Grade 1 last August, the Cox Plate in Australia in the autumn and Prix Ganay at Longchamp on his recent reappearance. Might be able extend that wining sequence back on home soil.

Tattersalls Gold Cup tips

Timeform: STATE OF REST has been a big improver on his travels since finishing third in a 1m course listed last June and might be up to extending his winning run to 4 back on home soil. British-trained pair Lord North and Alenquer, whose stable has been near unstoppable in recent weeks, can give the selection most to think about.

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