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Ground key to Chrys run


David Wachman

David Wachman

David Wachman

David Wachman would like to see some rain before committing Chrysanthemum to Sunday's Etihad Airways 1000 Guineas at the Curragh.

The Danehill Dancer filly was unbeaten in two races last season, winning a Listed contest over a mile on her debut before defeating French Guineas third Wild Wind in the Park Stakes over seven furlongs, but both wins were achieved with cut in the ground.

"I'm very happy with her, she's in good form. She wouldn't want the ground too quick so we'll have to see what the track is like nearer the time. This has always been her aim all winter," said Wachman.

"She made her debut over a mile in a Listed race and then dropped to seven furlongs for her next race and the form of that was franked when Aidan's finished third in France at the weekend.

"We'll just have to see what the ground is like and hope we get a bit of rain. Good ground would be fine for her and I'd imagine Wayne Lordan will ride her."

Newmarket 1000 Guineas runner-up Together is one of 16 fillies left in the Classic and Aidan O'Brien's three-year-old could be joined by stablemates Misty For Me, Wild Wind, Look At Me and Why.

Jim Bolger's Banimpire has been in a rich vein of form lately, winning the Ballysax Stakes against the colts and the Blue Wind Stakes at Naas. She is already looking for her fourth win of the season. The trainer could also run Claiomh Solais.

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John Oxx has two nice prospects in the race with Emiyna and History Note, while Kevin Prendergast has left in Handassa, Rose Bonheur and Seeharn. Pat Fahey's Ballybacka Lady dented some lofty reputations in a trial at Leopardstown recently.

Jessica Harrington has withdrawn Siren's Song, but Laughing Lashes could still run for the yard, while Mick Channon's Majestic Dubawi is the sole British representative.

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