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The Curragh: Grand design on Moyglare; Noseda hoping Wannabe can handle soft ground.

SOFT ground is likely to await Wannabe Grand in Ireland tomorrow, when the filly bids to record a Group 1 success for first-season trainer Jeremy Noseda in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

With rain tumbling down at The Curragh yesterday and more forecast for tomorrow, the filly-runner-up to 1,000 Guineas favourite in the Lowther Stakes-will be going into unknown territory as she attempts to repel a domestic challenge headed by the Aga Khan's Edabiya.

Noseda said: "We won't know how she handles the ground until she's run on it. But I'm very hopeful she'll be OK on it.

"A lot of Danehills handle it well and when Wannabe Grand won a Listed race at Newmarket it was on fast ground that had got loose on top because of rain. She's in top form."

Pat Eddery, who rides Noseda's filly, will be bidding for his second Moyglare win, having been awarded the race on Woodstream in 1981.

Barry Hills's Kempton winner Hula Angel and Henry Cecil's Enemy Action, two places behind Wannabe Grand in the Lowther, complete the British challenge, with Kieren Fallon looking for his first Group 1 success in his home country.

Edabiya, winner of the Debutante Stakes (Listed) on her first outing at Leopardstown last month, heads the home team, having surprised trainer John Oxx by her progress.

Oxx explained: "Because she is a half-sister to Ebadiyla we weren't expecting Edabiya to be running in the big two-year-old races and were thinking more in terms of next year for her.

"But she won nicely at Leopardstown and has done well since. The ground was yielding when she won that Listed race but I wouldn't want it to get too testing.

"Her half-sister loves that sort of ground but Edabiya doesn't bend her knees in the same way.

"She's bred to stay one and a half miles and if they go a decent pace on Sunday she should run a good race."

Moyglare Stud Farm's hopes of winning its own race for the first time have not been helped by the recent rain, according to trainer Dermot Weld, who runs Anthem Of Love (Mick Kinane) and Floating Agenda (Declan McDonogh) for the sponsors.

Weld said yesterday: "The ground was fast when Anthem Of Love won on her debut at Leopardstown and that is her sort of ground. Soft ground certainly won't be in her favour."

However, conditions are likely to suit Camargo (Pat Shanahan), Weld's third runner.

Weld said of Sue Magnier's filly: "Camargo will love the ground. It was soft to heavy when she won the Group 3 Railway Stakes at The Curragh on Irish Derby day."

Polaire represents the Heinz `57' Phoenix Stakes form, having finished third behind Lavery and Access All Areas in that Group 1 event last month.

Her trainer Kevin Prendergast said: "Polaire was in season on Heinz day and was very sluggish away from the stalls. In the circumstances, she ran a good race to finish third.

"We're very hopeful of a good run from her, although I'd be happier if the ground was good."

Jim Bolger's recent Tralee winner Grandiose Idea is fitted with blinkers, while Tommy Stack and Jamie Spencer, the trainer- jockey combination associated with last year's winner Tarascon, are represented by Fear And Greed.

Stack said yesterday: "Fear And Greed won her maiden on very soft ground.

"She hadn't run for six weeks when she ran in the Heinz and it was probably asking a bit much of her after only one race.

"But she was beaten only five lengths at Leopardstown and has been working very well recently.

"Tarascon finished unplaced in the Heinz last year before winning the Moyglare and I think Fear And Greed is capable of running a very good race."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:O'hehir, Tony
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 5, 1998
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