Virginia Waters was one of 23 horses to stand their ground today at the final forfeit stage for the Boylesports Irish 1000 Guineas.
Aidan O’Brien’s filly was a most impressive winner of the English equivalent at Newmarket earlier this month, coming from virtually last to first under Kieren Fallon.
She is likely to be a short-priced favourite on Sunday as she bids to emulate the feat of Attraction 12 months ago and do the Classic double.
O’Brien has three more strings to his bow with Mona Lisa, Queen Titi and Silk And Scarlet.
Barry Hills’ Newmarket runner-up Maids Causeway could try to gain revenge, while also-rans Joint Aspiration and Penkenna Princess are also engaged.
Cheveley Park Stakes winner Magical Romance, Grand Girl, Sheboygan and Titian Time complete the British challenge as David Elsworth has opted not to supplement Newmarket fifth Cape Columbine .
Elsworth told Teletext: “She’s in good form but we haven’t got a positive next target for her yet.
“We just thought the ground might be firm enough and they’ll race on the same terms as at Newmarket so we decided not to supplement her.”
David Wachman has left in star filly Damson but she faces a crucial workout later in the week to see if she has fully recovered from the setback which ruled her out at Newmarket.
Wachman also has the option of running Luas Line, while Newmarket sixth Saoire will try again for Frances Crowley.
The filed is completed by Almutamore, Anna Toran, Jazz Princess, National Swagger, Sanserif, Sky High Flyer, Slip Dance, Utterly Heaven and Yaria.