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Fork tuned up for Classic battle





Pathfork spearheads a big weekend for Jessica Harrington when he lines up as a leading fancy for the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The colt, whose stablemate Laughing Lashes goes for the 1000 Guineas, is unbeaten in three starts, all at the Curragh.

"The horse has had a great preparation and we can do no more now. He's fit and healthy and if he's good enough, he's good enough," said the County Kildare-based handler.

"The ground should be fine for him and we'll just have to see what happens. It would be unbelievable to win a Classic - it's what dreams are made of. It's great to be competing in these races and to have two horses able to do it is an absolute miracle."

Ed Dunlop is realistic about how Native Khan will fare, but believes things are falling nicely into place after his course and distance victory in the Craven Stakes.

"Native Khan is rated 111, as against the 126 of Frankel, so if the favourite is on his game we need to produce a career-best performance to get anywhere near him," he told www.edunlop.com.

"However, Native Khan has improved since he won the Craven and he seems more laid-back in his work.

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"There is precious little rain around and they are talking of temperatures around 19 degrees for the big race, so it looks like we will get our fast ground, and there also seems to be plenty of pace in the race.

"We won't be making excuses if we are not good enough. However, while Native Khan was a decent two-year-old, we always thought he would be much better at three, and hopefully that will prove the case.

"We have been lucky to have had four Classic-winning fillies in Ta Rib, Lailani, Ouija Board and Snow Fairy, and it would be great if we could hit the bullseye with this colt."

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