Hannon tilts at Curragh
Richard Hannon will bid to land the Irish 2000 Guineas with both Estidhkaar and Ivawood this weekend at the Curragh.
Ivawood would appear to be the first choice from the leading trainer after a third place finish in the English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket behind Gleneagles who will surely go off a short priced favorite for a famous English and Irish Classic double on Saturday afternoon.
Estidkhaar was disappointing at Newmarket after a good prep run in the Greenham so connections will be hoping that a trip across the water will reignite his season.
Reported in the press today Richard Hannon is hopeful of better to come from his two leading three year olds.
“Ivawood showed us at Newmarket when finishing third to Gleneagles that he was a lot better than he looked in the Greenham at Newbury. He is a big colt and maybe he was not as fit as we thought he was in the trial, but you saw the real Ivawood in the Guineas and, while we aren’t claiming we would have beaten Gleneagles, we might have been a length or two closer had we not been drawn out in the middle.”
“Estidhkaar, in contrast, never ran a race in the Guineas. He did not enjoy the dips and ridges of the Rowley Mile when he injured himself in last year’s Dewhurst, so we think the Curragh will suit him better. He worked really well when Dane O’Neill came to sit on him on Saturday and he can also expect easier ground in Ireland which will suit him.”
The going is currently described as Yielding with some rain forecast for the early part of the week and then dry in the run to the weekend.
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