Magna Grecia did us a big favour on Saturday, and he can assist us again now as the ultra skinny 4/6 chalked up for him in the Irish 2,000 Guineas creates value elsewhere in that market, and none more so than SHELIR at 16/1.
Ladbrokes and Coral go a more cautious 8/1 about Dermot Weld's runner, and that's understandable as he looked a smart and rapidly improving colt when taking the Tetrarch Stakes at The Curragh on Bank Holiday Monday.
On his debut at Navan he was a little lit up early on as there was a "false start" caused by a stalls malfunction. The Aga Khan owned Dark Angel colt still proved best with a gutsy display over the mile trip to pip useful sort Piano Solo.
He ran a bit green at The Curragh on Monday, had plenty of work to do and met minor interference at a crucial stage but still came through to beat Eclipse Storm with a bit to spare. The fact that his two wins so far have not been straightforward and he met some adversity both times will give a nice touch of experience he might otherwise lack had he just rattled up two easy wins.
Weld said after the Tetrarch: "He's a nice colt, a work in progress. He has plenty of pace and while he didn't get the clearest run I was always confident he would get there. Coming back here for the Guineas in a few weeks time is the next logical step and he will represent us well."
"In time he will probably be a mile and a quarter horse, but I ran him over seven furlongs today to see would he have the speed for a Guineas and now we know he does" Weld added.
So the man who won both the Epsom and Irish Derby three years ago with Harzand has another Classic hopeful and Shelir just might be the one to spike the Ballydoyle big guns at The Curragh at the end of the month. Certainly 16/1 is way too big a price so lets take full advantage.
Selection - Irish 2000 Guineas
SHELIR 0.5 point each way 16/1 Paddy Power, Betfair, 14/1 William Hill