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GALILEO IS AIMING FOR THE STARS; IRISH ROUND-UP; Colt seeks a Golden double.

Byline: PETER O'HEHIR

GALILEO GOLD is 7/4 favourite, generally, to complete the 2,000 Guineas double at the Curragh on Saturday.

Convincing winner of the Qipco 2,000 Guineas in Newmarket under Frankie Dettori, the Paco Boy colt, attempting to become the ninth winner of the double, is one of 13 acceptors for the Tattersalls-sponsored classic following yesterday's forfeit stage.

And he'll try to give his trainer Hugo Palmer his second Irish classic success, having won the Darley Irish Oaks with Covert Love in July.

The strength of opposition to Palmer's colt remains uncertain as Aidan O'Brien, seeking an 11th win in the race, has left six colts in the race, including Newmarket flop Air Force Blue, Air Vice Marshall, which finished fourth in the English classic, and Sunday's impressive French Guineas victor The Gurkha, a very unlikely runner.

And Jim Bolger is responsible for four of the acceptors, including recent Derrinstown Derby Trial winner Moonlight Magic.

The 13 acceptors are: Air Force Blue, Air Vice Marshall, Awtaad, Blue De Vega, Bravery, Galileo Gold, Herald The Dawn, Lieutenant General, Moonlight Magic, Sanus Per Squam, Shogun, The Gurkha and Theodorico.

Seventeen fillies, including impressive Newmarket winner Minding, stood their ground for the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas, which will be run at 1.55 on Sunday.

Her trainer Aidan O'Brien has six in this race too, including Newmarket runner-up Ballydoyle, bestpriced even-money favourite to triumph in a race which gave her trainer his first classic success, with Classic Park in 1997.

Curragh trainer Michael O'Callaghan is responsible for the second favourite, Now Or Never, impressive winner of a recent trial in Leopardstown.

The 19 acceptors for the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas are: Anamba, Ashadihan, Ballydoyle, Besharah, Californiadreaming, Cool Thunder, Coolmore, Czabo, Diamond Fields, Even Song, Jet Setting (supplemented yesterday), Minding, Now Or Never, Pretty Perfect, Radiantly, Tanaza and Turret Rocks.

Elsewhere, Seamus Heffernan described Long Island Sound as "a group horse" after the War Front colt retained his unbeaten record by making all in the Irish Stallion Farms Race in Killarney yesterday.

The Aidan O'Brientrained 8/11 favourite kept Elusive Heights at bay by a length. And Heffernan added: "It wasn't ideal to make all, but he won well at the line."

Earlier, O'Brien's Monarch ran into traffic problems before failing by a short-head to catch St. Gallen in the opening maiden - Donnacha O'Brien picked-up a one-day careless riding ban.

Willie McCreery will target the valuable sevenfurlong fillies handicap at the Curragh on Derby weekend for the progressive Erysimum, which followedup her maiden win in Sligo, with another authoritative all-the-way victory under Billy Lee in the median auction fillies race.

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FIRST LEG COMPLETE Galileo Gold ridden by Frankie Dettori leads the field home to win The QIPCO 2000 Guineas last month

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 18, 2016
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