05/25/2007 12:00AM

Finsceal Beo, Dylan Thomas at the Curragh


Two of Europe's leading lights headline the program at the Curragh on Sunday, when Finsceal Beo attempts to land a classic mile double in the $537,000 Irish 1000 Guineas, while Dylan Thomas goes in search of his fourth Group 1 triumph in the $402,000 Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Stymied in her attempt to sweep all three of Europe's major 1000 Guineas when she was caught on the line by Darjina in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp two weeks ago, Finsceal Beo will be the odds-on choice Sunday to repeat her scintillating Newmarket 1000 Guineas score. She apparently thrives on racing, so while this will be her third Group 1 appearance in

22 days, she remains very much the one to beat. Kevin Manning takes the ride for trainer Jim Bolger.

Should Finsceal Beo falter, Arch Swing may be the one to pick up the pieces. A John Oxx-trained Kentucky-bred daughter of Arch, Arch Swing suffered her only loss in four career starts as the 2 1/2-length runner-up to Finsceal Beo at Newmarket on May 6, but has been freshened since then. Michael Kinane has the call.

Alexander Tango, winner of the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial, and Treat, the English 1000 Guineas fourth-place finisher, should vie for the minor placings.

Dylan Thomas's victories in the Irish Derby and the Irish Champion Stakes last year stamped him as one of Europe's best

3-year-olds. An Aidan O'Brien-trained son of Danehill, Dylan Thomas produced evidence that he could be even better at 4 when he cruised to victory in the Group 1 Prix Ganay, his seasonal debut at Longchamp on

April 29. The Tattersalls Gold Cup, at

1 5/16 miles the same distance as the Ganay, looks like it has been made to order for him. Jamie Heffernan, substituting for the suspended Kieren Fallon until June 7, has the ride.

Dylan Thomas is likely to go off an even shorter price than Finsceal Beo, perhaps as low as 3-5. Competition looms in the form of Youmzain and Danak.

Youmzain, a Michael Channon-trained son of Sinndar, was a very nice third to Vengeance of Rain in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Danak, undefeated in five starts, is a

4-year-old son of Pivotal, normally a sire associated with sprinters and milers. He is trained by John Oxx and owned by Aga Khan. His last two wins came in listed miles but he has won going as long as nine furlongs and will have big-race rider Kinane in the saddle.

* Cheveley Park Stud has announced the retirement of its two-time Group 1 winner Peeress following her dull sixth-place finish in the Lockinge Stakes last week. A 6-year-old Michael Stoute-trained daughter of Pivotal, Peeress landed both the Sun Chariot Stakes and last year's Lockinge, as well as the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes during a career in which she won 7 of

18 starts for earnings of $920,000.