Abbey could kick-off at the Curragh

ST NICHOLAS ABBEY and Unaccompanied are among a fascinating list of entries for the Geegeez.co.uk Alleged Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Aidan O’Brien’s St Nicholas Abbey has not been seen in competitive action since letting down favourite backers in the 2000 Guineas almost a year ago, but did enjoy an unbeaten juvenile campaign in 2009.

Unaccompanied, trained by Dermot Weld, ran a mighty race to fill the runner-up spot behind Zarkandar in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham earlier this month and could be in line for a return to the Flat.

She also holds an entry in the Give Your Mother A Treat Handicap at the same meeting.

Elsewhere on an excellent card, Jim Bolger’s Glor Na Mara, third behind Frankel in last year’s Dewhurst, could make his return in the Anne Brewster Memorial Loughbrown Stakes.

The most valuable race of the day is the Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes, which has attracted 11 entries, including Termagant, Lolly For Dolly and the Dandy Nicholls-trained Regal Parade.

Meanwhile Sir Mark Prescott remains unconvinced about Hooray’s chances in the Qipco 1000 Guineas as he revealed a cluster of concerns.

After the filly won a succession of top races last season, culminating in a four-and-a-half-length victory in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes, the experienced trainer dropped heavy hints she would be unlikely to have the scope to make a serious three-year-old.

He intends to get her to the Classic at Newmarket on May 1, but his words were not exactly encouraging to her supporters.

“It’s an interesting equation really,” said Prescott. “She was the best filly seen all year and on ratings was 2lb above the rest.

“The drawback is she just hasn’t grown – she’s the same size. Her family very often don’t train on, and I’ve had quite a few of them. And she hasn’t particularly thrived as I have started to work her now.

“The main thing for all trainers this time of year, with trying to get them ready, is whether they eat and she is not eating as well as I’d like at the moment.

“So whether she gets there or not, I don’t know. But we’d like to try and whether she stays, I don’t know. Either she will or she won’t. It wouldn’t indicate that she probably would.

“So we’ve got the best animal, but you’ve got all these little bits and pieces.

“I’ve got to hope, rather as John Gosden once said, that the Guineas is the last two-year-old race of the year and I was the best two-year-old, so that’s the hope.”

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