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Thursday 21 September 2017

Bolger set to send trio on raid to York

Gile Na Greine, third in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket last weekend, is among 19 entries for the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday.

The Galileo filly ran on well to get within a nose and a head of the demoted Jacqueline Quest and Special Duty.

Her trainer Jim Bolger has also put Akdarena and Gold Bubbles in the Group Three contest over an extended 10 furlongs.

Aidan O'Brien can choose from Awe Inspiring and Cabaret while Kevin Prendergast's Crystal Gal is a sixth Irish possible.

Pollenator, trained by Richard Hannon, may try to redeem her reputation after only finishing 11th in the 1000 Guineas.

"The way the race went it was a complete waste of time," said Harry Herbert, racing manager to owners, The Royal Ascot Racing Club.

"It was a great shame as she came into the race really well. But with only five or six horses to race against on their own and her making the running when she's a hold-up filly was absolutely hopeless.

"Richard Hughes was easy on her when her cause was lost and we now re-group.

"We haven't made an absolute plan but we have entered her for the Musidora. We'll have a look at that and at a Listed race at Newbury where she would have to carry a big penalty. We'll then decide whether to run her back in one of those Oaks trials or go straight for another Classic and the French Oaks would be my guess rather than the English.

"She's a very good filly. We've seen that at home in her work running up to the Guineas and it's a question of whether we take in one of those races before another crack at a Classic or whether she goes straight for a race like the Prix de Diane.

"I think Richard Hannon will want to get another race into her."





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Of the other Musidora entries, Michael Stoute has two, Eldalil and Eleanora Duse, and so has Barry Hills with Red Fantasy and Tipperary Boutique.

Henry Cecil is considering the race for the unbeaten Aviate, while Marcus Tregoning has put in Fatanah.

Mark Johnston has two hopefuls in Bikini Babe and Marie de Medici while the other Yorkshire-based trainer represented is Richard Fahey with Cracking Lass.

Pink Symphony, trained by Paul Cole, Saeed bin Suroor's Wedding March and Ralph Beckett's Ceilidh House, who has been declared for the Oaks Trial at Lingfield on Saturday, complete the entry.

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