William Haggas fires a two-pronged assault on the Lanwades Stud Stakes at the Curragh, with One Master and Beshaayir lining up for the Newmarket handler.
The globetrotting One Master improved in leaps and bounds last season, following up a victory in a Tipperary Group Three with a surprise success in the Prix de la Foret on Arc day at ParisLongchamp.
That booked her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup, where she was only beaten a length by Expert Eye in the Mile, and then she was not totally disgraced by Hong Kong superstar Beauty Generation at Sha Tin.
Her victory in France means she carries a Group One penalty, while Beshaayir is at the other end of the scale, winning a Listed event in clear-cut style on her final outing at three.
Haggas said: “She (One Master) is a lovely filly. I was going to run her in the Lockinge, but then had a change of heart and thought I’d race against fillies.
“She’s in good form, I just hope she’s not too fresh. She’s in good order.
“I was led to believe that I Can Fly wasn’t running, but I only heard that she was at 9.30am, by which time Beshaayir had already left Newmarket.
“She’s a useful filly, Beshaayir who loves top of the ground, but she’s not as good as One Master. I probably wouldn’t have run her if I knew I Can Fly was running, but there you go.”
Aidan O’Brien’s I Can Fly has the same rating as One Master, based on her neck second to Roaring Lion on Champions Day at Ascot, and is back out again quickly after finishing sixth in the Lockinge at Newbury last weekend.
Joseph O’Brien runs Red Tea, who on just her second start for new connections bolted up in a handicap and takes a marked rise in grade.
Jim Bolger’s Normandel, Dermot Weld’s Yulong Gold Fairy and Joe Murphy’s Shekiba complete the field.
There is also a strong contender in the other shoulder race on the Irish 2,000 Guineas card, the Group Two Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes.
A race in which British raiders have a good record, Richard Fahey sends over Mr Lupton.
Just 1lb off the top-rated Speak In Colours (Jospeh O’Brien), Fahey swerved the more competitive Duke of York Stakes last week and is looking to repeat his victory of 10 years ago with Utmost Respect.
He told sportinglife.com: “I avoided the Duke Of York last week with him as I’m trying to swerve the very best sprinters with this horse at the moment.
“That said, he’s rated 110 and on that would have a big chance here. He’s in great order and it will be interesting to see how he goes.”
Johnny Murtagh’s Urban Beat is improving, but steps up in class, while the veteran 11-year-old Gordon Lord Byron goes back up in grade having heaved top-weight into fourth last time out.
Joseph O’Brien provides the two top-weights in the FBD Hotels & Resorts Handicap, with 50,000 euro on offer.
Downdraft, a winner last time out, and Ming, who ran in the Arlington Million last season, are giving plenty of weight to the likes of Noel Meade’s prolific winner Sheisdiesel.