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Andy blasts off for a Moon landing at Curragh


Trainer Andy Oliver

Trainer Andy Oliver

Trainer Andy Oliver

County Tyrone trainer Andy Oliver today takes aim at the Irish fillies classic, the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh with Apricot Moon.

The Caledon trainer is renowned for an eye to value and also owns the filly, bought for £8,500 at a Tattersalls yearling sale. It is a big ask for the once-raced filly, winner of a mile maiden contest when coming from last position and a bad draw to gain the spoils back in December at Dundalk of last year.

However, it is hard to oppose Albigna after her stellar juvenile season. Her only disappointing performance last term came in the Moyglare, but she bounced back with Group One gold in France before running a highly creditable fourth at the Breeders' Cup meeting.

Jessica Harrington's team has been in excellent form since racing resumed and in Albigna they have a filly who will not be troubled by the mile trip and has shown she can handle all types of ground.

Andy Oliver will have a fleet of runners tomorrow at Leopardstown including Confidence High - a very convincing winner at the course on Tuesday and while raised 15lbs for that success by the handicapper runs with just the mandatory 6lbs fixed penalty.

The trainer will expecting another good run and said: "It has been raining at Leopardstown - I wouldn't want it becoming soft - faster ground is ideal for him."

The Caledon trainer also runs a trio in the one and a quarter mile handicap - Simply True, Silvertown and Shake A Leg while represented in the mile maiden by Pin Your Hopes.

Crossgar trainer Colin McBratney is another with Leopardstown runners tomorrow in Lopito and Folie Douze while Newry trainer Liam Lennon sends out Than Luang and Warrenpoint based Leanne Breen, who scored on the first day of the return of racing, has Latchet engaged.

Belfast Telegraph