Oxx to launch dual Guineas raid
John Oxx expects to have two runners in the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 22.
His first string is likely to be recent Athasi Stakes winner Emiyna, who showed an attitude beyond her tender experience in holding off the older Lolly For Dolly. She had been quoted in the markets for the Epsom Oaks after her win, but Oxx sees her as more of an eight-furlong specialist.
"I think Emiyna is a miler. She'll run next, all being well, in the Irish 1000 Guineas and I wouldn't be optimistic that she'll stay much more than a mile the way she works, but time will tell. She travelled very well and quickened up well, she's a good filly," said Oxx.
"Lolly For Dolly is a good, solid yardstick and had already had a couple of runs this season so she was very fit. It's a good race the Athasi, it was nice to win it and I hope she can go on improving a little more."
A more than useful second string to his bow will be History Note, winner of a Curragh maiden last year and unlucky in running when third on her reappearance in the Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial.
"History Note had a difficult run where she only got out at the end and finished well, we hope to run her also," Oxx added.
"She would need to improve, they both do, but this girl would need to improve 10 or 12lb to get involved. I would think she'll be a miler too."