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Lashes gears up for racing return at HQ

Triple Group One winner Lush Lashes makes her eagerly anticipated return to the track in the Dance Design Stakes at the Curragh.

The daughter of Galileo landed the Coronation Stakes, the Yorkshire Oaks and the Matron Stakes in a fantastic 2008 campaign, but was retired to the paddocks after three runs without a win last summer.

She was subsequently covered by Sea The Stars but as that mating process ultimately proved unsuccessful, Jim Bolger has prepared the mare for a racecourse comeback and is pleased with her current condition. "She's very well and we'd be expecting her to run a good race," said Bolger. "I'm sure the race will bring her on, but she is fairly straight.

"The Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp (October 3) would be her immediate target after the weekend, all going well."

Lush Lashes will face 12 rivals tomorrow, with Aidan O'Brien saddling Devoted To You and You'll Be Mine. Recent Gowran winner Romie's Kastett is an interesting contender for John Oxx, while others worthy of note include Enchanted Evening and Obama Rule.

Mick Halford is in no rush to make future plans for Casamento following his debut success at Tipperary on Thursday.

The Sheikh Mohammed-owned Shamardal colt made almost every yard of the running in the seven-furlong maiden and drew away without being asked a question.

He does hold an entry in next month's Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh but Halford is keen not to look too far ahead.

"I was delighted with him and he looks like he's an exciting prospect," said Halford.

"He's a colt we've always liked and he had been working nicely, but it's always better when you see them go and do it on the track.

"He did it very well and seems to have come out of it very well, so we'll make plans from here.

"He's in the National Stakes, but that was an entry that was made a long time ago. I haven't really had chance to speak to anybody yet about plans for him and we'll probably sit on it for a few days and see how he comes out of the race."

Luca Cumani has not yet earmarked another target for the back-to-form Seta. The well-regarded chestnut has been brought along steadily since finishing down the field in the 1000 Guineas and made it three victories on the bounce with a game effort in last weekend's Atalanta Stakes at Sandown.

"I'm not sure where she will go. We will watch the Matron Stakes with interest and make a decision after that," said Cumani.