Tuesday 23 May 2017

Music Show hitting right note

Thomas Kelly

Music Show is reported to be in fine shape as she seeks Classic success in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Mick Channon-trained filly was sixth behind the promoted Special Duty in the Newmarket equivalent after winning the Nell Gwyn Stakes on her seasonal debut. Connections believe she has come on for her latest start and are hoping for good ground at the Kildare track.

"She's going at the moment, unless we get a lot of rain, with Ryan Moore riding," said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Jaber Abdullah. "She's improved quite a bit since Newmarket, not fitness wise but physically and in her well-being. We are hopeful as long as it doesn't go to soft ground."

A decision on the participation on Luca Cumani's Seta will not be made until later in the week. The daughter of Pivotal was sent off a 13/2 chance for the English 1,000 Guineas, but finished 12th of the 17 runners.

Jim Bolger has supplemented Kitty Kiernan for the Greenlands Stakes on Saturday. The three-year-old filly would be dropping down to six furlongs after tackling seven on her final start in July when she was third to Cabaret in a Group Three contest.

She sticks to that grade in which there are three others of her age group -- Alfred Nobel and Air Chief Marshal from Aidan O'Brien's stable and Velvet Flicker, trained by Kevin Prendergast.

Betfred Sprint Cup winner Regal Parade, trained by Dandy Nicholls, is among five British possibles. The others are Clive Cox's Ayr Gold Cup scorer Jimmy Styles, the David Barron-trained Hitchens, Henry Candy's Markab and Wi Dud from Kevin Ryan's stable.

Meanwhile, Date With Destiny -- the only offspring of the ill-fated George Washington -- worked at Richard Hannon's Marlborough yard for the first time yesterday as she nears a racecourse debut. The juvenile is pleasing connections ahead of her first outing.

"She is in good form and we went down to Richard's this morning to watch her do her first piece of work," owner Julie Wood said. "She is a good-natured filly and is an easy mover but we'll just let her come to herself."

Irish Independent

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