Who To Follow At The Curragh On Saturday - 22/05/21

Horse To Follow - Glen Shiel

The Group Two Greenlands Stakes over six furlongs is a quality event and the British raider Glen Shiel could be a class above this field if fully tuned up for this event.

The seven year old gelding came on leaps and bounds last season, starting the term off as a handicapper and ending it as a Group One winner.

Having won a Conditions Stakes at Newcastle on the all weather, he then went to the Curragh on softish ground and landed the Group Three Phoenix Sprint Stakes.

The improvement was remarkable as he then headed to Haydock for his first try in Group One company and he finished a good second to Dream Of Dreams In the Sprint Cup Stakes.

Progressing again, on his final run of last season he managed to Give Archie Watson, Hollie Doyle and himself their first Group One victory when narrowly taking the British Champion Sprint Stakes at Ascot.

His best form has come on soft ground and getting his perfect conditions, dropping down in trip, he looks the one to beat.

Trainer To Follow - Aidan O'Brien

Although looking an obvious call, Aidan O'Brien has some superb chances across the card on Saturday and it may just pay to follow him throughout the day.

In the Group Three Marble Hill Stakes hee fields Cadamosto and The Entertainer, with both of them one out of one for their careers and they could both be anything.

In the Group One Irish 2000 Guineas he fields Wembley, Van Gough and Battleground, who all equally have a superb chance to land the event if bouncing back from their 2000 Guineas run at Newmarket.

Other big chances for the handler across the day are Elizabethan in the Fillies' Handicap and Montego Bay in the final event of the afternoon.

O'Brien heads into the meeting in superb form having landed 16 winners from his last 55 runners over the last two weeks, which sees him pose a 29.09% strike rate.

Jockey To Follow - Ben Coen

Johnny Murtagh's retained rider Ben Coen has a handful of superb rides on the first day of the Guineas meeting and with some big priced chances he may be worth following.

He rides the big outsider Rebel Step in the feature Irish 2000 Guineas, but apart from that he also has chances on board Champers Elysees in the Group Two Lanwades Stud Stakes and Create Brief in the Fillies' Handicap.

Coen has placed eight times and landed one winner this season at The Curragh and he has some big shouts to bump up that record at the weekend.