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Horse Racing: DOUBLE IS ON; Newmarket star George targets a Guineas repeat.


GEORGE Washington was one of 11 colts declared at yesterday's 48-hour, overnight declaration stage for the Boylesports Irish 2,000 Guineas, which will be run at the Curragh tomorrow.

The brilliant Danehill colt, so impressive when landing the Stan James 2,000 Guineas, will be bidding to become the fifth colt in 20 years to complete the Newmarket/ Curragh Guineas double, following the example of Don't Forget Me (1987), Tirol (1990), Rodriago De Triano (1992) and Rock Of Gibraltar (2002).

Aidan O'Brien has left Arabian Prince (Colm O'Donoghue), Hurricane Cat (Seamus Heffernan) and River Tiber (David McCabe) in the Guineas, along with George Washington, the mount of stable-jockey Kieren Fallon, who will be seeking his first success in the Irish 2,000.

But bookmakers, presumably not convinced that George Washington is a definite runner, eased him in the market yesterday, the sponsors making him 1/2 favourite (from 4/11) while both Paddy Power and Cork firm Cashmans go 4/9.

Boylesports make the Kevin Prendergast-trained Decado, already the winner of the Loughbrown Stakes and Tetrarch Stakes in soft ground at the Curragh this year, their 100/30 second favourite.

Both Paddy Power and Cashmans make Declan McDonogh's mount a 9/2 chance.

Hurricane Cat, third to Decado in the Tetrarch and reportedly the subject of significant each-way support during the week, is generally 8/1, while the Jeremy Noseda-trained Araafa, fourth to George Washington at Newmarket, varies between 9/1 (Cashmans) and 14/1 (Boylesports).

In addition to regular betting on the Guineas, Cashmans are betting 'without the favourite' and make Decado their 6/4 favourite in that book, with Hurricane Cat at 5/2 and Araafa 7/2.

WITH stable-jockey Michael Kinane heading for Hong Kong, Fran Berry will partner Caribbean for John Oxx in tomorrow's Boylesports Irish 2,000 Guineas.

THE 11 horses declared for the Boylesports Irish 2,000 Guineas are: Araafa (Alan Munro)' Arabian Prince (Colm O'Donoghue)' Caribbean (Fran Berry)' Crookhaven (Danny Grant)' Decado (Declan McDonogh)' George Washington (Kieren Fallon)' Golden Arrow (Pat Smullen)' Heliostatic (Kevin Manning)' Hurricane Cat (Seamus Heffernan)' River Tiber (David McCabe)' Yasoodd (Chris Catlin).

SPONSORS latest betting is: 1/2 George Washington' 100/30 Decado' 8/1 Hurricane Cat' 14/1 Araafa' 20/1 Yasoodd' 25/1 Caribbean.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 26, 2006
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