Royal Scotsman can get his career back on track in Irish 2,000 Guineas

Royal Scotsman can get his career back on track and overturn Newmarket disappointment by landing the Irish 2,000 Guineas with Jamie Spencer at the Curragh

  • Paul and Oliver Cole’s colt did not enjoy the best of passages at Newmarket
  • But he finished strongly in third and should enjoy faster conditions on Saturday
  • Jamie Spencer has been booked for the ride with Jim Crowley set for York

Royal Scotsman (Curragh, 3.40) saw his bid for English Guineas glory derailed, but he can put his career back on track in Saturday’s Irish 2,000 Guineas.

Paul and Oliver Cole’s colt did not enjoy the best of passages at Newmarket, although he failed to settle early on before receiving a bump from a rival.

It was to his credit that he coped with that interference and the rain which compromised his speed, before finishing strongly to claim third.

Hopefully, with that run behind him, Royal Scotsman should settle a little better early on, while faster conditions should play to his strengths. 

Although regular rider Jim Crowley is required at York, the booking of Jamie Spencer on a hold-up, keen going type looks a sensible move.

Royal Scotsman can put his career back on track in Saturday’s Irish 2,000 Guineas

Ante-post favourite Al Riffa was ruled out earlier in the week, but Proud And Regal represents the National Stakes form having finished a length-and-a-quarter behind Joseph O’Brien’s winner. 

Trained by brother Donnacha, Proud And Regal looked to find the mile-and-a-quarter of the Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown beyond him and he could prove a danger back at a mile.

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