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Weld hands Bethrah Leopardstown test

Dermot Weld's Bethrah is set to test the water in Pattern company for the first time in the Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned filly was unplaced on her debut in the Goffs Million Sprint as a juvenile but there was much to like about her winning return reappearance at Limerick last month.

The owner's racing manager Angus Gold said: "I think the plan is for her to run and she's a very nice filly who is pretty talented.

"She had a little hold-up last year so we rather threw her in at the deep end in the big sales race, where she ran a perfectly acceptable race to finish 10th.

"We gave her a break after that and she came out and won well at Limerick the other day. This is a big step up but Dermot feels she certainly has the ability.

"The Irish Guineas is the obvious next step if everything goes well this weekend, but we'll see how she gets on."