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Friday 24 November 2017

Rain the only Show stopper now for Curragh Classic

Music Show is reported to be in great shape as she seeks Classic success in the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Mick Channon-trained filly was sixth behind the promoted Special Duty in the Newmarket equivalent after winning the Nell Gwyn Stakes on her seasonal debut. Connections believe she has come on again for her latest start and are hoping for good ground at the Co Kildare track.

"She's going to Ireland at the moment unless we get a lot of rain with Ryan Moore riding," said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Jaber Abdullah. "She's improved quite a bit since Newmarket, not fitness wise but physically and in her wellbeing.

"We are hopeful as long as it doesn't go to soft ground or anything like that, but good to soft would be OK. Good or good to firm would be even better."

Date With Destiny, the only offspring of the ill-fated George Washington, worked at Richard Hannon's Marlborough yard for this first time on Monday morning as she nears a racecourse debut. Owner Julie Wood splashed out 320,000 guineas for the yearling last autumn and the juvenile is pleasing connections in readiness for her first outing.

Wood said: "She is in good form and we went down to Richard's this morning to watch her do her first piece of work. She is a good-natured filly and is an easy mover but we'll just let her come to herself. We have been very pleased with her and she will show us when she is ready."

Her sire was retired to stud after winning the 2000 Guineas and the QEII Stakes in 2006, but returned to the track after fertility problems became apparent. However, he failed to win again and had to be destroyed after breaking a leg at the 2007 Breeders' Cup meeting.

Jim Bolger has supplemented Kitty Kiernan for the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday. The three-year-old filly would be dropping down to six furlongs after tackling seven on her final start in July when she was third to Cabaret in a Group Three contest.

She sticks to that grade in which there are three others of her age group -- Alfred Nobel and Air Chief Marshal from Aidan O'Brien's stable and Velvet Flicker, trained by Kevin Prendergast.

Betfred Sprint Cup winner Regal Parade, trained by Dandy Nicholls, is among five British possibles.

The others are Clive Cox's Jimmy Styles, the David Barron-trained Hitchens, Henry Candy's Markab and Wi Dud, from Kevin Ryan's stable.

Others among the 17 acceptors are Duff, Snaefell and John Oxx's Rayeni.

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