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Star Performer of the Weekend

It was another top quality weekend of racing action, with the Irish Guineas taking centre stage from the Curragh, as well as Group level contests from Haydock and York.

The question is, who was your Star Performer of the Weekend and why?

In the Temple Stakes at Haydock, Live In The Dream (8/1) led for the majority of the race, although he wasn't clear by a stretch. Joint favourite Asfoora (4/1) was right there with the leaders before weakening inside the final furlong, whereas Kerdos (12/1) stayed on strongly to go clear with Live In The Dream and just stretched out to get up by half a length in the closing stages.

The Sandy Lane Stakes followed this and Inisherin (9/2) put in a powerful display to win by just short of four lengths. after running clear two furlongs for the finish. Red hot favourite Vandeek (8/11) disappointed and finished four lengths back in third place. Looking to the future, Vandeek has drifted to 6/1, having been 11/4 favourite before the weekend for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, meanwhile, subject to a supplement, Inisherin sits at the top of the market for the same race now at 4/1 and sits unmoved at 16/1 for the St James' Palace Stakes

At York, the Bronte Cup Fillies' Stakes headlined the card and in a field littered with names you would usually associate with National Hunt racing, Term Of Endearment (4/1) for Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore came out on top. Night Sparkle (16/1) stayed on well to finish second despite being hampered close to home by the winner drifting left, whilst favourite River Of Stars (2/1) disappointed in third.

At the Curragh, it was a case of going one better in the Irish 2000 Guineas, as the second and third in the English 2000 Guineas finished first and second respectively in the Irish version of the race. Haatem (6/1) made his move for the front first and was eventually reeled in just before the line by a resolute Rosallion (10/11F). Looking towards Royal Ascot, Rosallion has shortened into 9/4 second favourite for the St James's Palace Stakes, behind English 2000 Guineas winner Notable Speech, whilst Haatem has continued to shorten in the same field and is now fourth in the market at 7/1 (was 12/1).

On Sunday, White Birch (15/8) came from the rear of the field in the closing stages to dart clear of the field alongside favourite August Rodin (11/10), before putting even more pressure on Aidan O'Brien's stable star and going on to win by a clear three lengths. Both carry entries for this Friday's Coronation Cup at Epsom, with August Rodin sitting at 14/1 and White Birch at 8/1. The pair also have entries in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, where August Rodin has drifted to 7/1 (was 5/1) and White Birch sits at second favourite at 4/1 (was 12/1).

It was a Guineas double for the favourite backers this weekend, as Fallen Angel (11/4) made all to win the Irish 1000 Guineas, beating the field comfortably, with A Lilac Rolla (12/1) finishing almost three lengths behind the winner in second. Karl Burke's filly holds an entry in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, and has moved into 4/1 second favourite, having been 10/1 before Sunday's race. 

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