Thursday News Round…
Kieren Fallon has injured a foot and will miss an intended ride at The Curragh in the 1000 Guineas this weekend.
His agent Simon Dodds confirmed the unfortunate absence today. “It’s disappointing as he had a ride in the Irish 1,000 and was supposed to ride Gathering Power at Haydock but Jamie Spencer rides her now. I think he’ll be out for at least 10 days.”
Gleneagles leads the line up for the 2000 Guineas in Ireland this weekend as eleven were declared ahead of this Saturday’s feature at The Curragh. Among the opposition will be Newmarket Guineas third placed finisher Ivawood for Richard Hannon and Roger Varian will saddle Belardo in a bid to wrestle the Classic back to the UK and stop Aidan O’Brien recording a 10th success in the race.
Eddie Lynam has confirmed that a rare Irish start for Sole Power will also happen this weekend as his stable star will contest the Greenlands Stakes on the same afternoon. The master handler reported “The ground at the Curragh is good to yielding and I am happy with that and we are keen to run in Ireland after so long.”
The picture for the Epsom Derby was muddied a little during the week as it emerged Godolphin blue will be the colours for John Gosden’s potential Derby hopeful Jack Hobbs after the powerhouse owners took a stake in the three year old, placed 2nd in this years Dante.
William Buick had been looking to retain his association with the Dante winner Golden Horn but may have to switch alligience now given his ties to Godolphin but perhaps given comments following the trial Jack Hobbs may not head to Epsom with possible targets at Royal Ascot in mind.
John Ferguson, the Godolphin Bloodstock advisor “Jack Hobbs has run just three times and has shown remarkable progression. John Gosden, who also trained his sire Halling for us, has a high opinion of the colt. He has loads of scope and class and looks like the kind of horse that will only improve with age.”
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