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Tough As Nails has six appeal

Michael Mulvany is optimistic Tough As Nails will stay six furlongs when he returns to action in the Dubai Duty Free Railway Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

The son of Dark Angel has not run since being beaten a short head by Power, the subsequent Coventry Stakes winner, in the Listed Marble Hill Stakes over the minimum trip at the County Kildare venue five weeks ago. Mulvany had toyed with the idea of taking his star two-year-old to Royal Ascot, but gave it a miss as he felt conditions would be too quick.

"At the moment he's going to run on Sunday. You'd be hopeful he'd get the trip all right. We haven't really tried him over six," said the Navan trainer.

"He should stay, but you don't know until you try. The only time you really get to know is in a race. He deserves to have a go at this race and hopefully he'll do himself proud.

"He's not run since the Marble Hill and we didn't go to Ascot with him as I expected the ground to be firm. As it turned out, it would have been all right for him."

Richard Hannon is planning to send Lilbourne Lad for the race following his recent Irish success. The Acclamation colt added to his debut win at Doncaster with a stylish six-length verdict in the Listed Rochestown Stakes at Naas.

Hannon said: "He goes over there at the weekend, although I'm not sure what Aidan's (O'Brien) going to run yet."


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