Sunday 23 July 2017

Alleged return for O'Brien's St Nicholas Abbey

Ashley Iveson

St Nicholas Abbey and Unaccompanied are among a fascinating list of entries for the Listed Alleged Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Aidan O'Brien's St Nicholas Abbey has not been seen in competitive action since letting down favourite backers in the 2000 Guineas almost a year ago, but did enjoy an unbeaten juvenile campaign in 2009.

Unaccompanied, trained by Dermot Weld, ran a fine race to fill the runner-up spot behind Zarkandar in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham and could be in line for a return to the Flat.

She also holds an entry in a handicap at the same meeting.

Jim Bolger's Glor Na Mara, third behind Frankel in last year's Dewhurst, could make his return in the Anne Brewster Memorial Loughbrown Stakes.

The most valuable race of the day is the Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes, which has attracted 11 entries, including Termagant, Tommy Stack's recent winner Lolly For Dolly and the Dandy Nicholls-trained raider Regal Parade.

The former Bolger-trained Teofilo, tipped to be leading first-season sire (number of individual winners in England and Ireland in the 2011 flat season) has a representative in the opening two-year-old maiden.

The filly Teolane, out of the mare Masnada, will sport the silks of Bolger's wife Jackie and the Coolcullen team will be hoping she can emulate her sire by getting off to a winning start. Teofilo won all his five outings as a juvenile, but injury prevented the son of Galileo from running again.

Meanwhile, English trainer David Simcock has warned he may have to consider an alternative 2,000 Guineas to Newmarket's if the ground becomes too fast for his Dream Ahead.

"I really want to run in the English 2,000, but if things are not right, ie the ground, there are the French and Irish Guineas," said the Newmarket trainer.

"I'd like to see some rain here, and if it comes up the fast side of good then that's a no-no."

Dream Ahead gave Simcock the first Group One wins of his career in the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes before trailing home fifth of six behind Frankel in the Dewhurst Stakes .

"Physically he has done fantastically," the trainer said. "He gives the impression he will stay a mile and we have trained him with that in mind.

"If he is a sprinter, so be it, but as of now, there would be nothing to run him in anyway."

Irish Independent

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