Again leads Wachman’s Guineas charge

DAVID Wachman believes Again is a stronger filly this season as she prepares to make her return to action in the Irish 1000 Guineas on Sunday.

The daughter of Danehill Dancer enjoyed a hugely productive juvenile campaign, winning the Debutante Stakes at Leopardstown before recording a Group One victory in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

As those victories both came in testing ground, Wachman has every reason to be optimistic although he believes conditions at the Curragh this weekend are unlikely to suit any horse on show.

“I don’t think the ground will suit any horse but it happened to be like this, although not quite as bad, when she won her Group Two and Group One last year. This is the Guineas so we thought we’d let her take her chance,” said Wachman.

“She definitely doesn’t want it firm. She had two hard races on very heavy ground last season and as she was a big weak filly, it probably took its toll a little bit. She was never really going the last day at Longchamp.

“She seems to have strengthened up and I’ve been pleased with all her work to date.

“We’ll have to see what happens but the bookies seem to think she has a leading chance anyway.”

Dance Pass represents the Moyglare Stud who went agonisingly close with runner-up Mad About You 12 months ago – and whose colours were carried to victory in this race by Trusted Partner 21 years ago.

The daughter of Sadler’s Wells booked her place in the Classic when opening her account in a maiden at Naas earlier this month.

“She’s doing well, but Dermot (Weld) has three in it and she should be the outsider of the trio,” said Moyglare’s manager Stan Cosgrove.

“She is improving – she won last week at Naas and she likes the soft ground.

“The ground is going to be very soft on Sunday.”

Weld is also represented in the fillies’ Classic by Rare Ransom and Luminous Eyes, the latter being ridden by Mick Kinane.

“Luminous Eyes has some decent form on soft ground from last year. I sat on her the other morning and she seems in good shape so she has an each-way chance,” said the jockey.

Jim Bolger’s English Guineas runner-up, Cuis Ghaire, has been declared in a bid to go one better.

She will be joined by stablemates Duaisbhanna and Oh Goodness Me.

Aidan O’Brien’s Heart Shaped meanwhile is a notable absentee from the classic.

1000 Guineas: Cashmans bet - 9/4 Again, 9/2 Cuis Ghaire, 5 Super Sleuth, 10 Lahaleeb, 12 Luminous Eyes, 14 Chintz, 16 Dance Pass, Love Bird, Oh Goodness Me

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