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Gleneagles heads Guineas entries

Gleneagles will face up to 15 rivals when he bids to complete the English-Irish 2000 Guineas double on Saturday.

Aidan O’Brien’s colt ran out an impressive winner of the Newmarket Classic at the start of the month and he heads the 16 horses declared for Saturday’s Tattersalls-backed race at the Curragh.

O’Brien has a strong hand entered in the mile feature with Cape Clear Island, Highland Reel, Sir Isaac Newton, Smuggler’s Cove, The Warrior and War Envoy all possible runners.

Richard Hannon had been expected to declared Ivawood and Estidhkaar in the race but the latter was a surprise absentee following a dirty scope. Instead, Lexington Times could make the trip to County Kildare.

“It’s a shame, but Estidhkaar’s scope was not great and you need to be 100 per cent if you are going to be a player in a Classic,” Hannon told his official website.

“We’ll give him time to recover and look for something else. Ivawood worked well (on Tuesday morning) and he is in really good form.

“We are also taking Lexington Times. The owners (Middleham Park Racing) are keen to have a crack, and the colt seems to have thrived for a little break.”

Dewhurst Stakes winner Belardo has stood his ground for Roger Varian.

Ger Lyons has the option of running Cappella Sansevero, Convergence and Endless Drama , while Dermot Weld could be represented by Tombelaine.

Pat Shanahan’s Carbon Dating and Mohaayed from Kevin Prendergast’s yard complete the entries.

Meanwhile, there are 21 fillies still engaged in Sunday’s Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas.

Kissed By Angels, Found, Outstanding, Qualify and Wedding Vow have stood their ground for O’Brien, with Jack Naylor and Bocca Baciata possibles for Jesssica Harrington.

Jim Bolger is triple-handed with Pleascach, Mainicin and Steip Amach entered alongside Joailliere and Stormfly from Weld’s yard.

Godolphin have opted to supplement Devonshire for the contest, while Malabar and Raydara are possibles for Mick Channon and Mick Halford respectively.

Military Angel, Plus Ca Change, Tamadhor, Pastoral Girl, Russian Punch and Teosroyal are the other possibles.

David Wachman took Newmarket winner Legatissimo out at the forfeit stage.

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by: Michelle, May 19, 2015

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