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Five Irish in Sunday's 1000 Guineas

Article Date: 04-May-2012

There are five Irish-trained fillies among the 18 declared for the £376,500 Group 1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday.

The final field for the first fillies’ Classic of the season includes the well supported ante-post favourite Maybe, who rounded off an unbeaten juvenile campaign with a smooth victory in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes in August. The daughter of Galileo and her stablemate Homecoming Queen, who won the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial in April, will be bidding to give their trainer Aidan O’Brien a second success in the race after Virginia Waters’ runaway victory in 2005.

Trainer Ger Lyons has declared his Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Lightening Pearl but says that she is not a definite runner. The filly has a preference for fast ground and Lyons is hoping for a dry weekend before making a decision at the last moment.

Kevin Prendergast will be relying on La Collina, who beat the boys when storming home to win the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes in August, to give him his first success in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.

Jim Bolger will be represented by Alla Speanza, a daughter of Sir Percy who won first time out at Cork last October and finished second to the colt Call To Battle in a nine-furlong listed race at Leopardstown on her only other start a month later.

Mahmood Al Zarooni will attempt to land back-to-back QIPCO 1000 Guineas after declaring Group One Shadwell Fillies’ Mile scorer Lyric Of Light and the highly-touted Discourse, who hasn’t been seen since winning Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes on the July Course impressively in August.

Mashoorawill be flying the flag for France after her easy success in the Group Three Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte in April, while unbeaten Moonstone Magic, who was supplemented on Monday at a cost of £30,000, will bid to give Ralph Beckett his first success in the race.

CharlieHills will be saddling his first runner in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas with Gray Pearl, who won her maiden at Newbury in August before finishing third at Newmarket in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes, while Mick Channon will be represented by Laugh Out Loud and Group One Premio Gran Criterium winnerNayarra.

William Haggas runs Newmarket maiden victor Diala, while John Gosden will be represented by Lanwades Stud Nell Gwynn Stud Stakes fourth Starscope and the once raced maiden winner The Fugue.

Simon Marsh, racing manager to The Fugue’s owners Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, said today: “The Fugue is very well. She has obviously only run the once and it’s her first start of the year, but hopefully she will give a good account of herself.

“Her preparation has gone smoothly and she is ready to run.

“She will definitely stay the trip, but she has got a beautiful action and I think everyone would prefer the ground to be good.”

The Dansili filly, generally a 20/1 chance, won a seven-furlong Newmarket maiden well on October 29.

The field is completed by Lily’s Angel (Richard Fahey), Radio Gaga (Ed McMahon), who finished second in the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Stakes on her reappearance, and Sunday Times (Peter Chapple-Hyam).


Class 1, Group 1, part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, £376,500 total prize fund. Sunday, May 6, 2012. For 3-y-o fillies, one mile. Weights: 9st. Entries closed March 6, entries revealed March 7 (70 entries). Scratchings deadline April 24 (24 remain), six-day confirmation stage & £30,000 supplementary entry stage April 30 (20 six-day confirmations, 1 supplementary entry), final declaration stage, 10.00am, May 4 (18 runners). Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Thursday, May 4.

Form  Horse/Draw  Owner  Trainer/Jockey/Draw

1) 12-ALLA SPERANZA Kirsten Rausing  Jim Bolger IRE/Kevin Manning (1)

2)21-DIALA (IRE)  Abdulla Al Khalifa  William Haggas/Eddie Ahern (13)

3)11-DISCOURSE (USA) Godolphin   Mahmood Al Zarooni/Mickael Barzalona (11)

4) 13-GRAY PEARL  Raymond Mould  Charlie Hills/Michael Hills (14)

5)4(3)121(0)-01HOMECOMING QUEEN (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE/Ryan Moore (2)

6)1213-LA COLLINA (IRE) Jorg Vasicek   Kevin Prendergast IRE/Declan McDonogh (8)

7)(2)(1)(1)LAUGH OUT LOUD Ann Black, Mohammed Al Qatami & Khalid Al Mudhaf Mick Channon/Gerald Mosse (18)

8)21311-LIGHTENING PEARL (IRE) Pearl Bloodstock Ltd  Ger Lyons IRE/Johnny Murtagh (5)

9)351226-3LILY'S ANGEL (IRE) Middleham Park Racing XLVIII  Richard Fahey/Paul Hanagan (15)

10)111-LYRIC OF LIGHT Godolphin   Mahmood Al Zarooni/Frankie Dettori (10)

11)122-1MASHOORA (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum  Jean Claude Rouget FR/Christophe Soumillon (3)

12) 11111-MAYBE (IRE)  Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE/Joseph O’Brien (9)

13)11 MOONSTONE MAGIC Lady Marchwood Ralph Beckett/Jim Crowley (6)

14)024331-2 NAYARRA (IRE) Prince A A Faisal  Mick Channon/Martin Dwyer (17)

15) 123-2RADIO GAGA  Multiplex Racing  Ed McMahon/Richard Mullen (16)

16) 1-4STARSCOPE  Cheveley ParkStud  John Gosden/Jimmy Fortune (7)

17)41025-6SUNDAY TIMES Allan Belshaw   Peter Chapple-Hyam/Jamie Spencer (4)

18)1-THE FUGUE  Lord Lloyd-Webber  John Gosden/William Buick (12)

18 runners

5 Irish-trained

1 French-trained


Five Irish in Sunday's 1000 Guineas

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