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1000 GUINEAS: Intricately a first classic runner for Joseph O'Brien
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1000 GUINEAS: Intricately a first classic runner for Joseph O'Brien
on 05 May 2017
The Moyglare winner will line up in the fillies classic and should improve from her Leopardstown run

JOSEPH O'Brien is looking forward to saddling his first classic runner when Intricately bids for glory in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday.

The 23-year-old enjoyed multiple classic victories during his relatively short but distinguished riding career, most notably steering Camelot to win the 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby in 2012.

O'Brien enjoyed a sensational start to his new career last June when firing out a four-timer from seven runners on his first day as a fully-fledged trainer.

Intricately became his first Group 1 winner when causing a 25/1 upset in September's Moyglare Stud Stakes, notably beating 1000 Guineas favourite Rhododendron, trained by O'Brien's father Aidan, into third place.

A trip to the Breeders' Cup proved a step too far, but O'Brien was satisfied with his filly's comeback effort when fourth in last month's 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown and is expecting her to raise her game on the Rowley Mile.

He said: "The filly is in good form and all being well she'll run at Newmarket, that's the plan.

"We were happy with her run in Leopardstown. It was a competitive race, she ran well and we'd be hoping she'll come on from it.

"We're looking forward to Sunday and we'll see what happens."

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