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Halford eyes Beresford for classy Casamento.

Byline: Jessica Lamb

TRAINER Michael Halford reported Casamento to be working well as owner Sheikh Mohammed yesterday stumped up EUR10,000 to add the juvenile to Sunday's Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes field at the Curragh.

Casamento was the first runner Halford sent out for Sheikh Mohammed when he landed a Tipperary maiden in August and was a head away from giving the trainer his first Group 1 when beaten by Pathfork in the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh this month.

Now the son of Shamardal, as short as 12-1 with Totesport for the 2,000 Guineas, steps down in class and up in trip for the Curragh event, for which there are 14 possibles.

Halford said: "He had a lot of options after the National Stakes, but we decided this morning to supplement him for the Beresford. I'm very pleased with him since his run and he's working very well. You only have to go through the history books to see what a good race the Beresford is, with Sea The Stars, St Nicholas Abbey and Azamour all on the roll of honour. He's a very exciting horse to have and we're looking forward to Sunday."

The Jessica Harrington-trained Pathfork was scratched from the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes yesterday and will now be aimed at the Breeders' Cup.

Dunboyne Express, as short as 14-1 for the 2,000 Guineas with SkyBet, was the most notable absentee from the Beresford Stakes, but trainer Kevin Prendergast could still be represented by Longhunter and has loftier aims for his stablemate.

He said: "It's a waiting game with Longhunter, I'm still not sure he'll run. Dunboyne Express is okay and we're aiming him at either the Dewhurst Stakes or the Racing Post Trophy now."

The ground was described as good to yielding on the round course and yielding on the straight course. The forecast is mixed with rain earlier in the week expected to clear on Friday morning.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 22, 2010
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