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Thursday 18 December 2014

Olympic ruled out of Curragh bid

Olympic Glory will miss the Etihad Airways Irish 2000 Guineas
Olympic Glory will miss the Etihad Airways Irish 2000 Guineas

Richard Hannon has ruled Olympic Glory out of Saturday's Etihad Airways Irish 2000 Guineas.

The Group One-winning juvenile returned to action this year with a win in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury but could never get involved in the French Guineas at Longcahmp after being drawn wide.

The plan had been to run him at the Curragh this weekend but that has now been shelved as Hannon has decided the race will come too soon.

Hannon will still be represented by Havana Gold and Van Der Neer, who performed with credit in the French and English Guineas respectively.

"There are only 12 days between the two Classics, and we have decided that Olympic Glory needs a bit more time," Hannon told his website, www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

"He could never get into a rhythm from that draw at Longchamp and Hughesie looked after him, but he still had to travel to France and back and it takes a lot out of a horse.

"Havana Gold, who was also drawn wide, ran a stormer to finish fifth in France, beaten less than a length, but he has recovered that much quicker - remember he almost won the big sales pot at Newmarket last year just nine days after landing the Somerville Tattersalls Stakes at the same course - so he will definitely travel to Ireland.

"It's a shame Olympic Glory can't go, but he'll be back sooner rather than later and we are still strong in Ireland with two solid chances. Van der Neer will relish the stiff finish at the Curragh, and he has come out of Newmarket great."

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