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EASY ACCESS AT THE CURRAGH.

ACCESS ALL AREAS, runner-up to Lavery in the Group 1 Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes, looks set to land the pounds 73,500 winner's prize for owner-trainer John Mulhern in today's Tatersalls Breeders Stakes at the Curragh.

Dropping from top-level action in the first Group 1 race for juveniles of the season to this restricted event, Mulhern's progressive son of Approach The Bench can defy an apparently tricky draw to keep this valuable prize at home and foil Richard Hannon's bid for three-in-a-row with filly Amazing Dream.

Access All Areas has continued to improve since scoring a narrow victory over Hamouse in an auction maiden at Leopardstown in May, his second outing.

He then got up in the last stride to short-head Corlaita in the listed Oral B Marble Hill Stakes over five furlongs at the Curragh, with four winners behind.

Stepped up into Group 3 class in Royal Ascot's Coventry Stakes, he ran a cracker to finish an unlucky two and a half lengths third to Red Sea. Last time, in the Group 1 Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes at Leopardstown, he proved leader of the chasing pack for most of the journey as longshot Polly Mills blazed the trail.

Pat Eddery had Access All Areas at full stretch soon after half-way and he eventually wore down the leader, hitting the front nearing the furlong-pole.

He looked set for glory. But not for long. Lavery stormed through to lead inside the final furlong for a length and a half win over Access, with Polaire third and Black Amber (previously successful at Group 2 level) fourth.

Only a handful have the potential to pose a threat to Access All Areas.

Leading this group is Amazing Dream, representing last year's successul team of Richard Hannon and Dane O'Neill.

Michael Kinane rides Principality for Jack Berry. This fellow is tough and consistent.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:O'hehir, Peter
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 29, 1998
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