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RACING: CLOWER'S FIVE TO FOLLOW ON THE FLAT.

THERE must be serious doubt whether the Irish Flat season will start on April 14 with the escalation of the foot-and-mouth crisis, but when it does I expect these horses to make an impact:

GALILEO (3yrs)

(Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea)

A.P.O'Brien

LIKELY to live up to his impeccable breeding - by the champion sire out of an Arc winner. He made a devastating debut at Leopardstown in October, drawing right away in the straight to win by 14 lengths. He was considered a Dewhurst prospect early last season but a cough sidelined him for much of the campaign. That could prove a blessing in disguise.

HEMINGWAY (3) (Spectrum-Welsh Love) A.P. O'Brien.

A slight muscle problem early in the month means that this colt will not reappear until the second half of May but he should develop into a high class miler. Was made favourite for the 2,000 Guineas after his impressive win in the Acomb Stakes at York and it is to his advantage that he only ran twice at two.

QUALITY TEAM (4)

(Diesis-Ready For Action) D.K.Weld

WON three of final four starts last year including the Curragh Cup. Was bought by Michael Smurfit and gelded with a view to going jumping but will be campaigned on the Flat for at least another season. His trainer reports that he is "shaping like a top class stayer" and he will be aimed at the Ascot Gold Cup.

ELAPOUR (3)

(Sadler's Wells-Ebaziya) J.M Oxx

THIS colt is unraced and has a lot to live up to. His dam's three previous foals all won Group One races. Ebadiyla (also by Sadler's Wells) won both the Irish Oaks and the French St Leger, Enzeli triumphed in the Ascot Gold Cup and Edabiya in the Moyglare Stud Stakes. Considered a smart sort.

KATHERINE SEYMOUR (3)

(Green Desert-Sudeley) M.J.Grassick

SHOWED a lot of promise in her three starts and was only beaten a short head by Sayedah in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket in the last of them. She hung right in the final furlong and so was relegated to third. Looks a leading hope for the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 25, 2001
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