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Collina on course for Curragh date

Kevin Prendergast is encouraged by the form of La Collina's effort at Newmarket as he prepares the filly for another Classic tilt in the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 27.

A shock 33-1 winner of last year's Group One Phoenix Stakes, the daughter of Strategic Prince was making her seasonal reappearance when fifth behind the runaway Homecoming Queen a couple of weeks ago.

Prendergast said: "La Collina ran a blinder to finish fifth in the Newmarket 1000 Guineas and she has come out of that race in great shape."

He added: "The Fugue was just three-quarters of a length ahead of our filly that day and she really gave the form a big boost when romping to victory at York (Musidora Stakes) this week."

Homecoming Queen could reoppose, while Dermot Weld is to run Sunday's Leopardstown Guineas Trial winner Yellow Rosebud.

"She has come out of her recent Leopardstown race in great shape and is all set to run in the 1000 Guineas," said Weld.

David Wachman may field dual Dundalk scorer Aloof, rather than French Guineas fifth Fire Lily.

"It is all ground dependent with Aloof and we will wait until nearer the time," he said.

"Fire Lily won't run in the 1000 Guineas and will instead have a crack at the Weatherbys Ireland Greenland Stakes."

Ger Lyons is likely to wait until next week before deciding upon the participation of Cheveley Park Stakes winner Lightening Pearl, who performed moderately at Newmarket.

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