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MAJOR CHALLENGE; TODAY'S ACTION Hughes to blow his own Trumpet.


ENGLISH Guineas third and fourth Hermival and Trumpet Major will be among 11 classic hopefuls for tomorrow's Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

There were no surprises in the final field declared for the first classic of the Irish season yesterday, with notable defections, Aidan O'Brien's Nephrite and Crusader (Greenlands Stakes tomorrow) and the Dermot Weld-trained Speaking Of Which (Gallinule Stakes on Sunday) rerouted.

O'Brien, seeking an eighth Irish 2,000 Guineas triumph, will run four, with Joseph O'Brien set to partner Power, beaten a half-length by big-race favourite, Jim Bolger's Parish Hall in the Dewhurst last autumn. ish 2,000 four, ner by s Colm O'Donoghue, right, will continue his association with UAE Derby winner Daddy Long Legs while Seamus Heffernan will be on board Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf victor Wrote. And Fran Berry has been booked to ride the final Ballydoyle runner Reply. hng an Cup nd Fran Gregory Benoist will have his first taste of Curragh action on lone French challenger Hermival, beaten two and a half lengths when third to Camelot at Newmarket and bidding to become the first French-trained winner since Spinning World in 1996.

Meanwhile, the British challenge will comprise Newmarket fourth Trumpet Major (Richard Hughes), representing Richard Hannon, seeking a fourth win in the event, and the Bryan Smart-trained Foxtrot Romeo, the mount of Niall McCullagh.

The field for the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas is: Alkazim (W M Lordan), Born To Sea (PJ Smullen), Daddy Long Legs (C O'Donoghue), Foxtrot Romeo (NG McCullagh), Hermival (G Benoist), Parish Hall (K J Manning), Power (JP O'Brien), Repky (FM Berry), Takar (JP Murtagh), Trumpet Major (R Hughes), Wrote (J A Heffernan).

Elsewhere, Johnny Murtagh was in double form in the early action in Tipperary last night, scoring on Hartani and Zoola in the opening two races.

Successful over course and distance, on very different ground last time, the John Oxx-trained Hartani made all to land the mile-and-a-half Follow TipperaryRaces On Twitter Race.

Zoola for pp Zoola, a first two-year-old winner for owner-trainer Andy Heffernan, produced a professional performance on her debut in the juvenile maiden, breaking smartly and making all, leaving Murtagh on the 20-winner mark for the season, two behind Pat Smullen. Meanwhile, there's a jumps card in Cork tonight to kickstart Guineas weekend. And Jessica Harrington's Beachdale Lad runner-up to Loch Ard and Terminal in his two hurdles starts, should get off the mark in the Friday July 13th BBQ Maiden Hurdle.

t car Guin H i Earlier, the Willie Mullins-trained novice Simenon, third at Grade 1 level at the Punchestown Festival, might be progressive enough to master Won In The Dark and New Phase in the Friday Evening Racing Hurdle.

And Jim Culloty's Cry For The Moon might defy a 13lb rise for a cosy success at Gowran Park in the Niall McCarthy Memorial Handicap Hurdle.


RAIDERRichard Hughes' charge Trumpet Major is set for 2,000 Guineas * ENGLISH
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 25, 2012
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