Hannon is aiming for dream repeat.
Amazing Dream is bidding to follow in the footsteps of Miss Stamper and Another Fantasy, sent out by Hannon to win the Irpounds 150,000 event in the last two seasons.
The mount of Dane O'Neill -who also rode Another Fantasy-Amazing Dream is certain to start one of the favour- ites after her Molecomb second and her scintillating win in the St Hugh's Stakes (Listed) at Newbury a fortnight ago.
Hannon said yesterday: "Amazing Dream is in very good form. She has to show that she can get the extra furlong here but I think she will. I fear, though, that we have Access All Areas to beat."
Other leading British hopes are Open Secret, who beat all except Flanders in the Wetaherbys Super Sprint at Newbury, and Jack Berry's Principality.
Open Secret is the mount of Michael Roberts, successful on Mr Martini in 1992 when the race was run at Leopardstown, while Berry, who won the 1993 running with Palacegate Jack, has booked Mick Kinane for Principality.
The latter has claims on his Windsor Castle fourth, though he was beaten at Pontefract next time. Berry said yesterday: "I think the ground might have been a bit fast for Principality that day. He is by College Chapel and he will appreciate every bit of watering."
That continued yesterday afternoon. The ground is officially good to firm but Brian Kavanagh, the Curragh manager, is optimistic that he has overcome the bias of the draw that dogged this race for several years.
Kavanagh said yesterday: "We widened the sprint course the winter before last and 12 months ago we put a rail up the middle of it and ran the race on the far side.
"It seemed to work well. Whereas the stands' side had the advantage before, those on the other side fared just as well. We will use the same section of the course this time."
Another leading contender is Compton Arrow, whose trainer Gerard Butler is hoping for a happy homecoming.
Butler said: "I was brought up at the Pier House Stud, which is a couple of miles the other side of The Curragh.
"The stiff six will suit Compton Arrow and it would be great to score with my first Irish runner."
Access All Areas, trained by John Mulhern, looks the chief domestic hope of keeping the raiders at bay.
Pat Eddery felt that six furlongs was on the short side for him in the Heinz `57' Phoenix Stakes last time but the colt still managed to finish second in that Group 1 event.
Access All Areas was previously a slightly unlucky third in the Coventry. Pat Smullen, who won a Listed race on him here in May, has the ride.
Aidan O'Brien had four of the first five three years ago when he ran nine.
He runs three today and Rainbow Amethyst looks best on form.
O'Brien said: "Rainbow Amethyst is much improved, but I am hopeful Blue Lotus and Tortoiseshell will also run well."
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 29, 1998|
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