Thursday 27 October 2016

Blue is the colour

Michael O'Callaghan and Blue De Vega (Alain Barr)
Michael O'Callaghan and Blue De Vega (Alain Barr)

Blue De Vega is to be prepared for the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas following his promising reappearance at the Curragh on Monday.

The Michael O'Callaghan-trained colt put in his best work at the finish when runner-up to the highly-regarded Awtaad, who was receiving 3lb, in the Tetrarch Stakes over seven furlongs.

Connections are now looking forward to stepping Blue De Vega up to a mile.

"It was very promising. He needed it and it will put him spot on," said David Redvers, racing manager to owners Qatar Racing.

"He also needs further, so we'll come back for the Irish Guineas."

Blue De Vega, who was taken out of the Qipco 2000 Guineas at the final declaration stage, is generally available at 20-1 for the Irish equivalent back at the Curragh on May 21.

Somehow bids to book her ticket for the Investec Oaks when she faces seven rivals in the Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks at Chester today. The daughter of 2006 Oaks heroine Alexandrova is around a 20-1 shot for the Epsom Classic in a market dominated by her Aidan O'Brien-trained stablemate Minding, the 1000 Guineas winner.

Somehow was placed on her only start as a two-year-old, but made no mistake getting off the mark on her seasonal debut at Leopardstown where she landed a 10-furlong maiden in good style.

"She's in good form and came out of Leopardstown well. We think she'll learn a lot," said O'Brien.

"We liked her going to Leopardstown and obviously she's out of Alexandrova. The trip shouldn't be a problem to her so we'll see how she gets on."

Charlie Hills is testing the water with Moorside and Doubly Motivated.

"Moorside is a filly we've always liked, and the form of her debut run was franked by So Mi Dar winning the Epsom Derby Trial," the Lambourn trainer said. "She probably didn't really enjoy the all-weather on her second start and we're looking forward to seeing how she goes.

"Doubly Motivated was too keen Ascot last week and we're hoping the turning track will help her settle. She has plenty of ability and shouldn't be written off."

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