Pleascach's Royal Ascot mission
Jim Bolger's Pleascach is primed to spearhead a strong Irish assault on next Thursday's glamour card at Royal Ascot.
On what could be a big day for the raiders, the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine leads a strong challenge from these shores on the Ribblesdale Stakes.
The daughter of Teofilo has won three of her five career starts and hit the jackpot last time out when getting the better of Found in a thrilling finish to the Curragh fillies' classic over a mile.
But it was always Bolger's plan to step up his star three-year-old filly to 12 furlongs. She won the 10-furlong Blue Wind Stakes at Naas before dropping back to a mile at the Curragh.
Earlier this week, the daughter of Teofilo was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation and his bloodstock advisor, John Ferguson, confirmed the Irish Derby could become a target after next week.
"His Highness Sheikh Mohammed believes when buying young Classic fillies, you look at them as a 10-year plan rather than just as a racehorse, and with the stallions that we now have at our disposal, the future is exciting," Ferguson stated.
A strong Irish representation in the mile-and-a-half contest also features the David Wachman-trained Curvy, which got the better of Derby fourth Giovanni Canaletto in the Gallinule Stakes and has been added to the field at a cost of £15,000.
Aidan O'Brien has left in Wedding Vow, Outstanding and Words (which runs in tomorrow's Munster Oaks at Cork), with John Joseph Murphy's Hot Sauce completing a formidable team for the raiding party.
Meanwhile, Weld's Forgotten Rules maintains his position at the head of the market for the Ascot Gold Cup on the same afternoon despite fears that the ground may be too firm to risk the former bumper winner.
Ed Dunlop's Chester Cup winner winner Trip To Paris was supplemented for the two-and-a-half-mile feature at a cost of £35,000.