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Monday 11 December 2017

Sheikh puts his Curragh hope in the Blue Corner

Sheikh Mohammed's once-raced colt Blue Corner is set to step up straight from a maiden to Group Three company at the Curragh on Sunday.

A five-length winner of a 10-furlong maiden on his debut last month, the Teofilo colt has been supplemented for the Friarstown Stud International Stakes.

"The plan will be to run him," said trainer Michael Halford. "We just don't want the ground to deteriorate a whole lot. His first run was very encouraging.

"He missed his engagement in the Nijinsky Stakes (at Leopardstown earlier this month) due to the ground, so this was the next option for him."

Halford trained Casamento to win the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in 2010 for Sheikh Mohammed, and is delighted to have another promising colt for the same owner in his care. "He could be another very nice horse," said the County Kildare handler.

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