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Monday 20 November 2017

Options open for Weld colt Unknown

Address Unknown is likely to have another fairly low-key outing despite returning with credit from his run at Leopardstown over the weekend.

Dermot Weld's colt, who is owned by Khalid Abdullah, had been rather unlucky on his reappearance in the Ballysax Stakes but stepped up a notch to finish second to the Aidan O'Brien-trained Midas Touch in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.

"He ran fine at the weekend," said racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe. "It's hard to know with him. He's not a Derby horse and he has a couple of possibilities coming up.

"The Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh will probably come a bit soon, but there is another 10-furlong Listed race that is a possibility."

Cnocandancer may join stablemate Lolly For Dolly in the Irish 1,000 Guineas after her debut success.

The Danehill Dancer filly, trained by Tommy Stack, opened her account in emphatic fashion with a two-and-a-half length success in a 30-runner maiden over seven furlongs at the Curragh earlier this month.

Connections will monitor her progress over the next couple of weeks before deciding whether to pitch her into the Classic on May 23.

"She's a nice filly. She was a bit weak at the end of last year so we didn't get a run into her," said Stack's son and assistant, Fozzy. "It's a possibility she could run in the Irish Guineas but we'll see how she is in the next fortnight."

Lolly For Dolly booked her Guineas ticket when winning the Group Three Athasi Stakes at the Curragh earlier this month.

Xtension is likely to have a second crack at Classic glory in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday week. The Xaar colt was an excellent fourth to Makfi in the Newmarket equivalent earlier this month on his reappearance and trainer Clive Cox reports him to be in fine shape.

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