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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Godolphin talk up new recruit Anna's chances

Godolphin are happy to pitch Anna Salai straight into the Classic fray at the Curragh on Sunday following her move from Andre Fabre's French stable.

The Dubawi filly goes for glory in the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas after she opened her account in the Group Three Prix De La Grotte at Longchamp last month.

She has since joined Mahmood Al Zarooni's stable at Newmarket and is reported to have settled in nicely ahead of her big-race date.

"She's doing very well. She came over at the same time as Rewilding from France," Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said.

"She's settled in well and we targeted the Irish Guineas as opposed to the French Guineas and she's going to the Curragh in top condition.

"She broke her maiden in the Pattern race she won in France and the further she went, the better she was going. She stays well and if the ground is not too fast for her, she should be very effective.

"Obviously there are some top fillies in the race as we all know, but this filly deserves to be up there with the best of them, so hopefully she can give a really good account of herself."

Meow is Royal Ascot-bound after streaking to an impressive success in the ITBA Southern Region Supporting Irish Breeders Maiden at Tipperary.

Narrowly denied by Moment Of Weakness on her debut at Dundalk, the beautifully bred Storm Cat filly --out of crack sprinter Airwave -- clearly derived plenty of benefit from that experience.

Johnny Murtagh had her at the head of affairs from the off and supporters of the 1/5 favourite never had cause for concern as she kicked clear a furlong out to score with seven lengths in hand of Queen Of Spain.

Delighted winning trainer David Wachman said: "She's a nice filly and she's very fast. She got a bit tired in Dundalk the last day.

"She's improved a lot since her first run. She's very mature, strong and fast.

"We hope to go for the Queen Mary in Ascot now."

Meow was completing a quickfire treble for Murtagh after earlier wins on Eskimo and Jembatt.

John Oxx has his sights set on the Curragh Cup for Roses For The Lady following her Listed race victory at Navan last month.

The Currabeg trainer is hoping the ground will be soft for that meeting as the daughter of Sadler's Wells prefers a bit of cut.

"The Curragh Cup on Irish Derby weekend will be the next start for her," said Oxx.

"There aren't that many races for a four-year-old filly early in the season. She stays well and probably has a preference for soft ground.

"We are not doing particularly much with her now she's won a stakes race and was second in the Irish Oaks. She has a good record so far, so we'll wait for the Curragh Cup and hope we get some rain that weekend."

Oxx warned Rayeni is unlikely to run in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday because of the quick conditions.

"It's unlikely he'll get to run. The ground is fast; it's good to firm at the moment," he said.

"I'm not sure what they are going to do about watering, but he would need a lot of rain for him to run so I would say it's unlikely he will.

"He's a pretty versatile horse. Six furlongs or a mile, he seems to do both quite well, but unfortunately he's quite ground dependent."

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