Oxx coy on Keredari chances
Just a few months after masterminding the career of the exceptional Sea The Stars, things have so far this campaign been fairly quiet for John Oxx.
This weekend he will saddle Keredari in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas, but Oxx is under no illusions as to the task facing the colt.
Keredari looked well above average when winning a Roscommon maiden last September, but he met with defeat behind Jim Bolger's Free Judgement a month later at Leopardstown in the Killavullan Stakes.
He got his career back on track with a stylish display in the Lougbrown Stakes, after which Oxx immediately nominated a crack at the Classic.
While he has plenty of scope for improvement, the Currabeg handler admits Keredari would need to step up on anything he has previously shown to trouble the big guns.
"Keredari is an intended runner at this stage," said Oxx.
"He's a nice horse, but strictly on the ratings he has a fair bit to find."
Meanwhile, Godolphin have supplemented their unbeaten colt Cutlass Bay for Sunday's Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
The four-year-old has had five previous career outings, all for Andre Fabre in France, and signed off his career there in great style by winning the Group One Prix Ganay.
His likely participation sets up a mouthwatering clash with Aidan O'Brien's Fame And Glory, who returned to winning ways in the Mooresbridge Stakes.
O'Brien has also left in the likely pacemaker Dixie Music.
Adding further strength to the Group One heat is Michael Stoute's Glass Harmonium, a gutsy winner of the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown last time out.
Dermot Weld is also chasing an elusive first success at the highest level with his classy mare Chinese White, who looked better than ever on her seasonal return at Gowran.
Mick Channon's globetrotter Halicarnassus is engaged along with Kevin Prendergast's Recharge, and that pair complete the seven remaining entries.