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Curragh awaiting declaration of War

By Martin Kelly

War Command could attempt to get his career back on track in Saturday's European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O'Brien's colt, who was so impressive in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, had his colours lowered by Sudirman when sent off at long odds-on at the Kildare track at week ago.

Ballydoyle do, though, have Expedition, Friendship, Oklahoma City and Wilshire Boulevard to choose from while also among the 11 juveniles to be confirmed for the Group Two prize is Ger Lyons' Exogenesis, winner of the Tyros Stakes over this seven-furlong trip at Leopardstown last time.

Mark Johnston's Lanark, twice a winner in six starts, is the sole British entry while in-form Dermot Weld can choose from Mustajeeb and Glory Boy.

There are a number of British raiders in the Flying Five Stakes, which was taken back across the Irish Sea for 10 consecutive years before My Girl Anna finally ended the sequence 12 months ago.

Both Eddie Lynam's top-notch pair Sole Power and Slade Power have the option of the Nunthorpe Stakes at York instead, but possible British travellers are Elusivity, Hamza, Judge 'n Jury, Kingsgate Choice, Hoyam, Dutch Masterpiece, Smoothtalkinrascal, Minalisa and Joey Barton's My Propeller.

One to scratch is David Barron's top prospect Pearl Secret, who suffered a fractured splint bone last month. "I meant to take him out of everything, he's out for the season," said Barron.

Tommy Stack's hat-trick seeker Cape Of Approval looks one of the home team's best chances.

A number of possibles to return for next month's Group One could line up in the Gain Irish St Leger Trial. Heading the 15 are O'Brien's late-developing Ernest Hemingway and unbeaten stablemate Sir Walter Scott as well as Jim Bolger's former Dewhurst winner Parish Hall, off since being well-beaten by Camelot in the spring.

Last year's Leger winner Royal Diamond needs to turn this season's form around with Ernest Hemingway while Dabadiyan, Willie Mullins' Gold Cup runner-up Simenon and Weld pair Pale Mimosa and Voleuse De Coeurs are also in the mix.

Lyons is expecting to be able to commit Exogenesis, who has landed his last three starts.

"At the minute the plan is to run the horse but we will wait until he does his final piece of work before making a firm decision," he said.

The same applies for Dabadiyan in the Leger Trial, who is seeking a four-timer after picking up a maiden, a handicap and a conditions event.

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