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Foxtrot steps out for Carmody

Trainer Tommy Carmody is looking forward to running Foxtrot Romeo for the first time in the Gladness Stakes at the Curragh today.

The four-year-old colt, owned by Andrew Tinkler, was previously trained in Yorkshire by Bryan Smart and moved over at the end of last year.

Foxtrot Romeo's best performance to date came in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, when he was only beaten a length when second to Power.

He is reported to have settled in nicely into his new surroundings and is ready to return to action for the first time since he was unplaced in the Park Stakes at Doncaster in September.

"We are looking forward to him running," said Carmody. "He should run a big race and we'll just take it from there and see how we get on.

"He proved he was a nice horse last year when he was second in the Irish Guineas so we're excited about him running on Sunday and we are expecting a big improvement. We hope there will be bigger targets, but we'll see how we get on on Sunday first."

Ken Condon saddles Bold Thady Quill as he bids to continue his rise up the ranks in this Group Three heat.

Third in the Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh last month, he won a Listed contest at Cork just six days later.

"He has been a great servant to the yard and at six years of age he's still improving," he said. "Last Saturday's win was a career high and the handicapper took the same view.

"He has him up to 100 but even off that mark he has a bit to find with some of the others, on ratings at least. The ground is drying out but it should still be safe, nice ground. He's race-fit and seems to be well this week so we're letting him take his chance."

Nephrite, one-time Classic hope last year for Aidan O'Brien, also makes his comeback.

"Nephrite is in good form," reported O'Brien. "He's back to seven furlongs again and while we thought he didn't get the trip when he ran over it last year, he is older and stronger now."

Others in a quality field include Yellow Rosebud, La Collina and British raider Arnold Lane from Mick Channon's stable.

Trainer Ken Condon is hoping Montebell's reappearance in the Alleged Stakes will be a springboard for a lucrative campaign. Unraced as a juvenile, the four-year-old had just four runs last season and is the only filly in a field of six.

"She is a very lightly-raced filly, but she's a filly we like," said Condon. "She doesn't show much in the mornings, but the work she has done over the last few weeks we've been happy with. The trip will be fine for her first start but she will go up in trip subsequently. She's a mile-and-a-half filly for the future, or even further. We're happy where she's at given the spring we've had. She's a filly that will hopefully progress and deserves a chance at this, although she needs to improve, obviously."

Captain Joy tries his luck back on turf after winning his last three races on Dundalk's all-weather surface over shorter distances.

"We're stepping into the unknown," said trainer Tracey Collins.

"It's a distance he's never gone over before and it's definitely going to be on ground he's not been on before either.

"I'd say it's going to be sticky ground which I don't think will suit him, but he's very well. He's entitled to take his chance and it's a very competitive race. He's a good horse and he's stepping into a different bracket now. He has to step up."

Irish Independent