Hannon seeks Curragh Power shift in 2,000 Guineas

Shifting Power is set to clash again with Kingman in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

Hannon seeks Curragh Power shift in 2,000  Guineas

Winner of the Free Handicap at Newmarket on his first start this season, he outran his 50-1 odds when fourth, beaten only three lengths by stablemate Night Of Thunder, in the English version of the Classic.

He was only taken out of the French equivalent at a late stage and bids to reverse form with Kingman, second at Newmarket and currently odds-on for the Irish Classic.

Trainer Richard Hannon said: “He’s been supplemented.

“I’m not sure what is going to turn up, but he must have an outstanding chance on his run in the Guineas.

“It seems a good opportunity and the track at the Curragh will suit him.”

Paul Hensey, general manager at the Curragh, tweeted: “Shifting Power to renew rivalry with Kingman in @Tattersalls1766 Irish 2000 Gns @curraghrace.”

Spokesman Joseph Burke said: “Shifting Power has been installed as the 7-2 joint second-favourite for the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas following the news that he is to be supplemented next week.

“Whilst that is great news for the race, we have nevertheless been forced to shorten Kingman into 8-11 after significant support for the horse today. War Command is next in the betting at 7-2 and it’s 14-1 and bigger about the rest.”

Rizeena meanwhile is expected to strip much fitter in the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas.

Clive Brittain’s filly was winter favourite for Newmarket’s equivalent, but disappointed somewhat in finishing only seventh, beaten over four lengths.

Connections decided not to give her a run before that race given she had eight outings as a juvenile, winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

However, Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum, feels she may have been better served by having a prep before the Classic.

“She’s OK, we’re making all the travel arrangements now,” said Raymond. “Clive is happy with her. I don’t think the ground was the excuse at Newmarket. When you get beat you immediately look for a reason why and that was the first thing we came up with.

“While she probably is better with an ease, it wasn’t the reason for her defeat.

“I think, in hindsight, if we had the time again, she would probably have run in one of the trials.

“That race should have put her right, though, and we can’t use that excuse again.”

- Michael Kenneally, from Dungourney, East Cork, made his first ride in public a memorable one when partnering Kylladdie to victory in the Racing Excellence “Hands and Heels” Apprentice Series Handicap at Newmarket.

Riding for Steve Gollings, Kenneally had to be strong aboard the 8-1 chance, which was outpaced early. But the youngster’s perseverance paid off as he got the blinkered seven-year-old up in the closing stages for a three-parts-of-a-length victory.

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