Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Havana shoots for Guineas gold

Havana Gold

Jamie Spencer is likely to adopt different tactics on Havana Gold in Saturday's Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh.

Richard Hannon's colt ran a blinder in the French equivalent, hitting the front inside the final furlong before eventually being run out of it into fifth.

However, he made up plenty of ground at Longchamp and connections are dreaming of claiming a Classic double this weekend, with Just The Judge running in the same colours in the 1000 Guineas.

"Havana Gold should be right in the mix," said David Redvers, racing manager to owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani.

"He simply hit the front too early in the French Guineas and pulled himself up in front.

"This time he'll be ridden differently, probably in typical Jamie Spencer fashion, in the aim of putting his head in front right on the line."

First Cornerstone is set to make his seasonal bow in the Classic after a bad scope forced him to miss an intended run earlier.

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