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GUINEAS TARGET FOR HOOTENANNY

ROYAL ASCOT and Breeders' Cup hero Hootenanny appears increasingly likely to bid for Classic glory in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Having shown speed to burn over the minimum distance when successful in the Windsor Castle Stakes in June, many questioned whether the juvenile's stamina would last out over the two-turn mile at Santa Anita.

However, Wesley Ward's juvenile silenced any doubters with a battling victory over stable companion Luck Of The Kitten in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, providing the trainer with his first ever Breeders' Cup winner.

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Hootenanny carries the colours of the Coolmore triumvirate of Derrick Smith, John Magnier and Michael Tabor and the owners have given Ward the green light to prepare the colt for the trip to Newmarket next spring.

Ward said: "It was a great run from the horse and it's that man Frankie Dettori again. He did a great job.

"I spoke to the Coolmore boys last night and we're going to go for the Guineas in Newmarket and I think I'll run him first in the Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland, which I think is on the first Friday in April.

"Then we'll take him to Newmarket and see what we can do.

"With No Nay Never retiring, this boy has big shoes to fill."

DUAL Derby hero Australia will command a fee of €50,000 when he stands during his first season at Coolmore in 2015.

The colt boasts an illustrious pedigree as a son of Galileo out of Oaks winner Ouija Board and demonstrated his prowess on the track with his Derby victories at Epsom and the Curragh, as well as his Juddmonte International success at York in August. A hoof injury put paid to plans for a career finale on Qipco British Champions Day and he is now one of five new stallions on the Coolmore roster next year.

Ruler Of The World, winner of the 2013 Epsom Derby, will stand his first season at a price of €15,000, the same fee as War Command, who failed to sparkle this year despite winning the Dewhurst last term. No Nay Never, winner of the Norfolk Stakes and Prix Morny last year and runner-up at the Breeders' Cup, has been introduced at a fee of €20,000, while €6,000 secures a nomination to one-time Classic hope Kingsbarns.

Juddmonte have also unveiled their 2015 fees, with this year's outstanding miler Kingman standing for an initial £55,000.


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