Dance takes Classic chance

Connections of Short Dance hope she can successfully step up to Classic company following her wide-margin win at York last week.

Connections of Short Dance hope she can successfully step up to Classic company following her wide-margin win at York last week.

The Barry Hills-trained filly is among 15 declared for the Boylesports Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on Sunday.

She booked her place with a 12-length demolition of Salut D’Amour in a Listed race on heavy ground on the Knavesmire and is 7-2 favourite with the sponsors.

Conditions are also likely to be testing in Ireland but Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, advised punters not to take the form too literally.

“I don’t think we should get carried away about how far she won at York. She did win very nicely but you do tend to get exaggerated distances in those extremes conditions,” said Grimthorpe.

“She is very well, she has been doing everything right at home and we hope she has a good chance.

“She looks like she can handle that type of going which is obviously going to be an advantage. We didn’t always think she was a soft ground horse though because she has quite a nice action.”

Confidential Lady bids to go one better after finishing second to Speciosa in the Stan James 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Her trainer Sir Mark Prescott believes Short Dance is the one to beat.

“She ran a very good race at Newmarket. There were absolutely no excuses, everything went right,” he told At The Races.

“She’d had an excellent preparation. The horse we thought would make the running made the running but we just couldn’t get past Speciosa, but everything went right and she went very well.

“She’s had a good preparation for this as well so I’d be hopeful she would run as well but whether some of the other fillies would have improved, now that will be a different thing.

“I thought Short Dance was very impressive at York and loved the ground and she will have been well prepared, as you would imagine, by Barry Hills.

“York on that ground could be misleading but she (Short Dance) looked to be a vastly improving filly.”

Prescott virtually ruled out Confidential Lady making a quick reappearance in the Vodafone Oaks at Epsom next Friday,

“I wouldn’t have thought she’d go for the Oaks. Going to Ireland will be more than enough for her,” he continued.

“I suppose if she ran well then the next logical step for her would be the Prix de Diane at Chantilly over a mile and a quarter.

“I think we always felt she’d be unlikely to stay the mile and a half of the Oaks.”

Richard Hannon sends over 1000 Guineas third Nasheej, while Stan Moore’s Don’t Dili Dali completes a four-pronged British challenge.

Race For The Stars, eighth at Newmarket, is one of five from Aidan O’Brien’s stable. The Ballydoyle maestro also saddles Queen Cleopatra, Kamarinskaya, Be My Queen and Beauty Bright.

Kevin Prendergast is double-handed with Talwin and Ugo Fire, with the field completed by Abigail Pett, Ardbrae Lady, Gist and Nightime.

Boylesports Irish 1000 Guineas, sponsors bet: 7-2 Short Dance, 4-1 Queen Cleopatra, 9-2 Confidential Lady, 7-1 Nasheej, 9-1 Ugo Fire, 14-1 Race For The Stars, Kamarinskaya, 16-1 Nightime, Abigail Pett, 20-1 bar.

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