Sunday 21 January 2018

Irishcorrespondent set for Irish Guineas assignment after Curragh triumph

Irishcorrespondent is far too strong at the Curragh
Irishcorrespondent is far too strong at the Curragh

Irishcorrespondent looks set to take his chance in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas after maintaining his unbeaten record with an emphatic victory in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Race at the Curragh.

Successful on debut in a Leopardstown maiden that is working out well, the Michael Halford-trained Teofilo colt was sent off the 8-11 favourite and settled in third of the five runners.

Homesman took over from Branch Line at the head of affairs but his lead was only brief as Irishcorrespondent loomed alongside and Shane Foley did not have to get too serious for him to stretch four and a half lengths clear.

Halford said: "He's a lovely horse. He has everything. He's got temperament, action, cruising speed and he quickens. He's a very smart horse.

"We were half-tempted to drop him back to seven for the Tetrarch, but I thought the ground was very quick for him and I wasn't keen on dropping him back to seven, either.

"This race was here for him so we said we'd take our time."

He added: "After he won his maiden we entered him in the Guineas at the second entry stage. It's hard on the back of a maiden win to know what you have, but I think after that we'd be tempted to let him take his chance.

"Shane thought he'd come forward again. He had a little blow, so we left a bit to work on. It's only a fortnight away, but the run should improve him. The good ones go on any ground, but I just wouldn't want it like the road."

Halford's ace was given a quote of 10-1 by Betfair for the colts' Classic back at the Curragh on May 27.

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