Guineas Countdown: Peslier booked for ride aboard Torgau; Bravery snaps up French ace as 26 fillies remain in the 1,000.
Peslier, already booked for the Aidan O'Brien-trained Bernstein in the Sagitta 2,000 Guineas on Saturday, will be aboard Torgau-winner of last year's Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes-for the first time in Sunday's race.
Bravery said: "Torgau is grand-no problems. She has done very well over the winter and has put on a bit of weight.
"She took a long time to get rid of her winter coat, which is one of the reasons why we did not run her in a trial.
"The other reason is that she's no soft-ground horse and the way the weather has been, it would have been a pointless exercise running in a trial.
"But the sun is shining now and, with a bit of luck, we should be okay by Sunday."
Torgau ended last season by finishing second to Seazun in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, a run which Bravery believes gives his filly an outside chance.
Seazun was second to the 1,000 Guineas favourite Petrushka in the Nell Gwyn Stakes on her reappearance.
Bravery said: "I think Torgau is a 20-1 shot, but it was nice to see Seazun run such a good race and we are about the same as her."
A bumper total of 26 fillies were left in the 1,000 Guineas at yesterday's six-day declaration stage, including two, Alluring and Amethyst, trained by O'Brien.
But the Ballydoyle handler indicated that Amethyst, a full-sister to 1998 2,000 Guineas winner King Of Kings, would be his only runner.
Seazun's trainer Mick Channon has also left Areydha-a disappointing 10th to Misraah at Newmarket on her return-and Miletrian in the Classic.
He said: "I like Areydha, who has always worked very well at home. Miletrian probably needs a mile and a half, and could be our Oaks filly.
"You can't take anything away from Seazun. She's a good filly, a Group 1-winning filly, which Petrushka isn't at the moment.
"Whether she can beat Petrushka, I don't know. But I'm delighted with her-I'll let her do the talking."
Petrushka, a best-priced 6-4 favourite, was reported in top form.
Tim Jones, spokesman for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: "She worked on Sunday and the work-watchers present reported that she went nicely-all is well."
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||May 2, 2000|
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