Stars line up at Curragh on Sunday
On Sunday Aidan O’Brien expects to have a strong team in the feature Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas with Found spearheading his challenge alongside Kissed By Angels and Qualify.
Curragh trained Devonshire was supplemented by trainer Willie McCreery who added the Godolphin owned filly to the 1,000 Guineas at a cost of €30,000, while trainer Mick Halford is hoping for a big run from last season’s Debutante Stakes winner Raydara.
Halford said on Tuesday; “She’s in good form and I’m very happy with her. The weather is to pick up later in the week and hopefully they are right as she would like some nice ground.
“The plan was to go to Newmarket for the 1,000 Guineas but she just wasn’t sparking at the time and we said we would just wait for this weekend. She has been to the racecourse for a gallop and I’m happy with her. She is a clear-winded filly and an easy filly to get right and her form from the Debutante Stakes looks rock solid and was well advertised in the English Guineas, so you’d be hopeful she could run a nice race but a Classic is a Classic.”
Curragh based trainer Michael O’Callaghan will be looking for the biggest win of his fledging career when he sends Military Angel out in Sunday’s feature.
O’Callaghan said; “She’s still relatively unexposed having only ran twice. She was third in the first of the 1,000 Guineas Trial’s at Leopardstown and won first time out on nice ground. She’ll really appreciate better ground and I’m looking forward to running her.”
Mick Channon’s Malabar, who was fourth in the English 1,000 Guineas features among a strong British challenge.
The Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup also takes place on Sunday and this could already prove to be one of the races of the season with a mouth-watering race on the cards as the Dermot Weld saddles Fascinating Rock in the race to face last season’s Irish Champion Stakes winner The Grey Gatsby and previous winner of the race Al Kazeem for Roger Charlton.
Further interest for racegoers on Sunday will be the chance to see Epsom Derby entry Giovanni Canaletto in the Group Three Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes as he prepares for a possible tilt at the Derby next month.
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