Correspondent leads Halford Ascot team

Correspondent leads Halford Ascot team

Irishcorrespondent ©Healy Racing Photos Michael Halford expects to have three runners at Royal Ascot next week with Irishcorrespondent heading his team. While the colt lost his unbeaten record in the Irish 2,000 Guineas when third behind Churchill and Thunder Snow on rain-softened ground, Halford retains faith in his charge. Irishcorrespondent is stepping up in trip for the Hampton Court Stakes, while Halford will also run the juvenile Yulong Warrior and Godolphin’s Moritzburg at the Royal meeting. “Our three Royal Ascot horses worked at the Curragh yesterday and they all worked well,” the trainer told www.michaelhalford.com. “I have been very pleased with Irishcorrespondent since he ran in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and he went very well yesterday. “It was a good, strong piece of work and he is very much on course for the Hampton Court on Thursday. “Likewise Moritzburg, who won his maiden at Listowel a couple of weeks ago, worked well and he’ll take his chance in the Britannia. “Off his new mark of 92 he should make the cut and, like Irishcorrespondent, should like the ground and likely fast pace over there. “Yulong Warrior is another possible runner. He is in the Goffs London Sale at Kensington Palace on Monday. “He holds entries in the Windsor Castle on Tuesday and the Chesham on Saturday with the Chesham more likely as he’ll appreciate seven furlongs.” Shane Foley will ride both Irishcorrespondent and Yulong Warrior, with no jockey confirmed as yet for Godolphin’s Moritzburg.
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George heads 18 left in Gold Cup

Order Of St George ©Healy Racing Photos Order Of St George will face a maximum of 17 rivals as he attempts to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot for a second successive year. Aidan O’Brien’s charge, who went on to finish third in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, warmed up for his defence with a win in the Saval Beg Stakes. O’Brien has also left in Kingfisher, while his son Joseph may run Motherland. Jessica Harrington’s Torcedor has improved leaps and bounds this year and is another strong Irish contender. Michael Bell’s Big Orange will have plenty of followers after his recent Sandown win and the ground looks like being in his favour. The last two St Leger winners, Simple Verse and Harbour Law, are on course to meet, with a former winner of this race in Trip To Paris back once more. Hughie Morrison’s Sweet Selection won the Cesarewitch last year but handled the rise in grade in the Sagaro Stakes and is another likely player. Morrison could also run Nearly Caught. Winning Story, Qewy, who is now with Charlie Appleby, Quest For More and Sheikhzayedroad are all still in the mix too.
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Alluringly among Ribblesdale 15

Alluringly ©Healy Racing Photos Alluringly is among 15 fillies confirmed for the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday. Aidan O’Brien has won this Group Two prize twice in the last three years and Alluringly, third in the Epsom Oaks on her latest appearance, appears his big hope for this season’s renewal. The Ballydoyle handler has also left in Butterflies and Key To My Heart, although both are declared for the Munster Oaks at Cork on Sunday. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Mori is bred in the purple as a daughter of Frankel out of the top-class racemare Midday. She was well beaten on her racecourse debut at Newbury in the spring, but raised her game to win at Ascot last month and was thoroughly impressive in the Height Of Fashion Stakes on her latest start. John Gosden has four contenders, with Astronomy’s Choice, Coronet and Gracious Diana joined by the supplemented Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Hertford Dancer. Hugo Palmer has Apphia and Vintage Folly, with William Haggas also doubly represented by Coconut Creme and The Sky Is Blazing. The John Oxx-trained Naughty Or Nice, Ralph Beckett’s Rich Legacy and Serenada from Roger Varian’s stable complete the entries.
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