Leitir Mor’s Newmarket 2000 Guineas bid in limbo

Trainer Jim Bolger has yet to decide whether Leitir Mor will join stablemate Dawn Approach in the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

The Group Three-winning three-year-old could be used as a pacemaker in the colts’ Classic at Newmarket on Saturday, but connections are leaning towards running him in the French Guineas at Chantilly a week later.

Leitir Mor was sixth behind Maarek on his seasonal debut in the Woodlands Stakes at Naas last Saturday.

Bolger said: “We’ll make a decision (on his Newmarket participation) during the week and we’ll wait to see where we think the pace will come from.

“I’d prefer to run him in the French Guineas. The race at Naas should have brought him on.”

Just The Judge delighted connections in her last serious gallop ahead of the 1000 Guineas on Sunday. The unbeaten filly was put through her paces at Charlie Hills’ Lambourn stable by big-race jockey Jamie Spencer on Saturday ahead of her date in the Classic over the Rowley Mile.

“Jamie did the final serious piece of work on her on Saturday morning and we were down there to watch,” David Redvers, racing manager for owners Qatar Racing, told At The Races.

“She looks magnificent and her coat has improved dramatically since she did that racecourse gallop at Newmarket on Craven day. We couldn’t be happier with her.

“My only caveat about her is that she is such a big, long-striding filly, she seems to take one stride to everyone else’s two yesterday at Charlie Hills’.

“It’s just whether she is going to prove better at 10 furlongs and she may even get a mile and a half in time, but as far as her well being and her manner is concerned we couldn’t be happier.

“Personally I doubt she’ll stay a mile and a half on paper but there’s no reason to think she won’t be a strong contender over 10 furlongs. She’s a big, long-striding filly with a fantastic attitude.

“Charlie didn’t want to give her a prep run as the season is so long and there is so much there for her. She will start off in the Guineas and we will see how we are from there.”

Inis Meain will head to Limerick and the Martin Molony Stakes for his next start where connections will be hoping no Group One winners are lurking.

The dual-purpose performer had the misfortune of bumping into Jim Bolger’s former Dewhurst winner Parish Hall who was making his comeback from injury in the Alleged Stakes earlier in the month.

Trainer Denis Hogan and owner Barry Connell may then look at prizes in England for him.

“He goes to Limerick on Sunday (May 5) for a Listed race – the Martin Molony Stakes. It’s a mile-and-a-half race,” said Hogan

“He was unfortunate to come up against a Dewhurst winner in the Curragh. He probably wouldn’t have run if they’d got rain and that would have suited us of course.

“He was unlucky to come up against him but he ran a stormer.

“A mile and four around Limerick should suit even better.

“We’ll stick to the flat with him for the moment. I’ll have a chat with Barry and see what he wants to do. We’ll see how he gets on in Limerick first but there could be a race or two for him across the water.

“There are plenty of races there for him if he’s able to show his worth again at Listed level.”

Roger Charlton is considering pitching Al Kazeem against dual Derby winner Camelot following his charge’s triumphant comeback at Sandown on Saturday.

The Beckhampton trainer has four weeks to prepare Al Kazeem for the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, in which he could take on Aidan O’Brien’s Classic hero, after the five-year-old came back after almost a year’s absence to take the Group Three Gordon Richards Stakes by a length from Thomas Chippendale.

“It was a great relief to see Al Kazeem returning to the winner’s enclosure having not run for 12 months,” the handler said.

“I was delighted with the way that he behaved and looked in the preliminaries and he showed a good turn of foot to win without having a hard time. I am pleased to report that he trotted up well this morning and he lost six kilos during the race so hopefully onwards and upwards!”

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