O’Brien blames lack of pace for Glory’s reverse

AIDAN O’BRIEN blamed a lack of pace for Fame And Glory’s surprise reverse at the Curragh on Sunday.

Sent off the 2-5 favourite for the Alleged Stakes, last year’s Irish Derby winner faded tamely into third on his reappearance. Stablemate Dixie Music was fourth.

O’Brien said: “Fame and Glory and Dixie Music both ran well in the Alleged Stakes.

“The slow pace probably did not suit either of them but we were pleased with their runs and think that they should both improve a lot.”

O’Brien said on Sunday that Fame And Glory would remain under consideration for the Prix Ganay at Longchamp and the Tattersalls Gold Cup back at the Curragh.

Although O’Brien secured a double on the card, Alfred Nobel disappointed when beating only one home in the Loughbrown Stakes.

“We don’t think Alfred Nobel stayed the seven furlongs in the Loughbrown Stakes and we will probably shorten him back to six furlongs on his next run.”

Meanwhile, Timepiece, ante-post favourite for the Investec Oaks, makes her seasonal debut in the Blue Square Feilden Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow.

Although the half-sister to Passage Of Time also holds an entry in the StanJames.com 1000 Guineas, trainer Henry Cecil feels the daughter of Zamindar will need further than a mile.

Elsewhere, Paul Deegan is expecting to see further progress from Lady Springbank in the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 23.

Deegan’s filly made a positive start to the campaign by taking the Leopardstown Guineas Trial a fortnight ago under Jim Crowley.

“She came out of Leopardstown really well and hopefully she will improve a bit,” said the trainer yesterday.

“She will go straight for the Irish Guineas now.”

All her three races as a two-year-old came over that trip and she ended her juvenile campaign with victory in the Listed Montrose Stakes.

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