Saturday 17 March 2018

Fame out to restore good name

O'Brien: strong team for the Curragh. Photo: Getty Images
O'Brien: strong team for the Curragh. Photo: Getty Images

Thomas Kelly

Ballydoyle supremo Aidan O'Brien will be hoping Fame And Glory can restore his reputation at the Curragh next Monday when the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby hero lines up in the High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes.

The son of Montjeu, which will face a maximum of seven rivals in the Group Three contest, disappointed when favourite and only third behind She's Our Mark on his seasonal debut at this venue earlier in the month, but he is sure to be a lot straighter now.

O'Brien has also entered Dixie Music for the 10-furlong contest, while there are two overseas challengers in Palavicini and Zafisio.

Gan Amhras, winner of his final two starts last season, is also entered, while Kevin Prendergast's Recharge and the Paul Deegan-trained Popmurphy complete a high quality field.

The Group Three Dylan Thomas EBF Tetrarch Stakes is another quality contest and has attracted 13 entries, including two from overseas in the Richard Hannon-trained Angel's Pursuit and Paul Cole's No Hubris.

O'Brien can choose between Dynasty and Purple Heart, while Jim Bolger, who won this contest 12 months ago with Vocalised, will be represented by Free Judgement.

O'Brien will rely solely on Devoted To You in Sunday's English 1,000 Guineas. He also had You'll Be Mine, the current third favourite for the Oaks, left in the race, but she now looks unlikely to run.

Devoted To You was narrowly beaten in the Group Three Park Express Stakes on her seasonal reappearance.

"We will probably only run Devoted To You in the 1,000 Guineas. She is well and will be ridden by Johnny Murtagh," reported O'Brien.

While Pollenator has attracted money in the opening fillies' classic, it has been O'Brien's Fencing Master, stablemate of red-hot favourite St Nicholas Abbey, which has surprisingly been the horse for money in the 2,000 Guineas.

O'Brien's second-string, which is due to be ridden by Colm O'Donoghue, is now 12/1 from 16s.

With Johnny Murtagh on the jolly, Kieren Fallon has picked up the ride on 50/1 chance Viscount Nelson.

Meanwhile, St Nicholas Abbey and Rip Van Winkle are among a 17-strong entry from O'Brien in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on July 3.

Irish Independent

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