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The Aidan O'Brien-trained Roderic O'Connor features among a star-studded entry for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The son of Galileo was last seen winning the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud in October but had previously had to settle for second behind Frankel in the Dewhurst Stakes.

David Simcock believes Dream Ahead, who disappointingly beat only one rival home in the Dewhurst, can put the record straight in the Guineas. The Newmarket trainer reports his stable star to have had a tremendous winter and he is looking forward to the first colts' Classic on April 30, for which there were 52 entries.

"Physically, I couldn't be happier with Dream Ahead. He has had a very, very good winter - he looks fantastic. He has matured, put a lot of weight on in the right places and he has started his training very well," said Simcock.

"He is doing two canters up Warren Hill with his lead horse and everything is very much on course for the 2000 Guineas. He will go straight there. I'm quietly confident that he will see out a mile. It's something that we won't know until we've tried. The Dewhurst wasn't his day, it certainly wasn't his running - and you will see a different horse in April."

As well as Frankel and Roderic O'Connor, a mouthwatering Guineas entry includes other Dewhurst runners - third-placed Glor Na Mara from the Jim Bolger yard and Saeed bin Suroor's Group Two Champagne Stakes victor Saamidd, who was last of the six.

Godolphin could also be represented by seven three-year-olds trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni including Casamento and Dubai Prince.

Casamento landed the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster when in the care of Mick Halford, while the unbeaten Dubai Prince, trained last season by Dermot Weld, took a Leopardstown Group Three last term in promising fashion.

Other top quality entries include the Jessica Harrington-trained Pathfork, winner of the National Stakes, and Richard Fahey's Wootton Bassett, who made it five wins out of five in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.


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