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Casamento confirmed for 2000 Guineas

The former Michael Halford-trained Casamento will take his chance in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday after Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford confirmed the Group One-winning juvenile.

Having raced in Ireland as a two-year-old in the colours of Sheikh Mohammad, Casamento was just touched off by Pathfork in Ireland and then claimed the Racing Post Trophy before leaving Halford to join Mahmood Al Zarooni.

The Godolphin trainer, however, nominated another Irish recruit, Dubai Prince, as his leading 2000 Guineas hope before a setback ruled him out and made Casamento the leading choice and the mount of stable jockey Frankie Dettori.

Jessica Harrington's duo of 2000 Guineas hope Pathfork and 1000 Guineas challenger Laughing Lashes left her Moone yard yesterday morning on route to Newmarket and both are expected to settle in well today.


Meanwhile, at the Curragh on Monday the Aidan O'Brien-trained So You Think is a standout entry from the seven-race card.

The New Zealand-bred Australian import, who arrived at Ballydoyle in January was among 11 entries for the Group Three 1m2f Mooresbridge Stakes that also features the Dermot Weld-trained Famous Name.

The five-year-old has come from the Bart Cummins yard and holds entries for a number of the early closing races, most currently the Tattersalls Gold Cup next month at the Curragh and the Epsom Coronation Cup on Derby weekend.