Wednesday 26 October 2016

O'Brien banking on Found progress

Published 22/05/2015 | 20:31

Found goes clear before being caught by Iveagh Gardens (right)
Found goes clear before being caught by Iveagh Gardens (right)

Aidan O'Brien expects Found to show significant improvement from her reappearance when she contests the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday.

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A hugely impressive winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac last autumn, she was winter favourite for the Newmarket Guineas but met with a setback at a critical time, meaning O'Brien dare not risk her in the Classic first time out.

Instead, she ran in the Athasi Stakes just a day later, but she was beaten by the outsider Iveagh Gardens, despite travelling like the best horse in the race and looking sure to win at one stage.

Stablemates Kissed By Angels and Qualify also run in the Classic.

O'Brien told Irish Horse TV: "Found had a lovely run first time back but got tired in bad ground. She seems to be in good form since.

"Kissed By Angels won her trial in Leopardstown very easily and Qualify had a disappointing run in the Guineas (at Newmarket), but we think she'll leave that well behind."

Mick Halford was forced to miss Newmarket with Raydara but hopes that might work in his favour for Sunday's contest.

Owned by the Aga Khan, Raydara was right up there with the best of her generation last season, winning the Debutante Stakes.

That victory came at the expense of Jim Bolger's Lucida, who went on to claim Group Two glory at the end of last season before finishing second to Legatissimo in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

"The plan was to go to Newmarket for the 1000 Guineas, but she just wasn't sparking at the time and we said we would just wait for this weekend," said Halford.

"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.

"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.

"I walked a couple of furlongs of it (the Curragh, on Thursday) and it's drying up nicely. Hopefully it will stay that way to the weekend.

"Her form is there. It's the 1,000 Guineas and there's plenty of dangers, but she's in good form so we'll hope for a bit of luck."

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