Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Judge leads 1000 Guineas charge

Just The Judge will bid for glory in the Irish 1000 Guineas

Just The Judge, narrowly denied by Sky Lantern in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, is among 18 remaining entries for the Etihad Airways-sponsored Irish version at the Curragh on Sunday.

Trained by Charlie Hills, the filly lost her unbeaten record at Newmarket and connections are keen to stick to a mile.

Big Break missed Newmarket on account of the fast ground, with trainer Dermot Weld hoping there is rain in the build-up to the Irish Classic.

Aidan O'Brien's Moth, who caught the eye when running on into third at Newmarket and has been strongly fancied for the Oaks at Epsom, is still in the shake-up for the Guineas. O'Brien's Snow Queen stayed on pleasingly into fifth and may also run, along with stablemates Just Pretending and Hanky Panky.

Richard Hannon's Maureen was just behind Snow Queen in sixth, while the Eddie Lynam-trained Viztoria is also in the frame but has never competed over a mile.

Newmarket Guineas eighth Masarah remains in the hunt for the Clive Brittain team, with the Elaine Burke-trained Exactement still entered.

John Oxx has left in What Style and Harasiya, with Andy Oliver having supplemented Dubaya, who could join stablemate Uleavemebreathless.

Jim Bolger also has a couple in contention in Rehn's Nest and Bunairgead. Mizzava and Harpist complete the list ahead of Friday's declaration stage.

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