Moviesta on course for Diamond Jubilee

Eddie Lynam - plenty or targets later in the year for Moviesta.

Moviesta is on course for a Royal Ascot return following a racecourse gallop at the Curragh on Sunday.

Not beaten far in the Nunthorpe at York or the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp last season, the five-year-old has recently moved from Bryan Smart’s yard to join sprint king Eddie Lynam in Ireland.

Part-owner Ritchie Fiddes is hoping to see his charge line up in next month’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes if he continues to please his trainer in the next few weeks.

Fiddes said: “He went to the Curragh yesterday and everyone was happy. We’ve just been taking our time with him since sending him to Eddie’s. There’s no rush, as there are so many races at home and abroad for him later in the year.

“I think he’s definitely getting to the right place now and hopefully he’ll head for the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot. I think he’ll probably need another racecourse gallop between now and then.

“Having said that, if he wasn’t cherry ripe, we wouldn’t send him to Ascot just for a day out. He’s a very good horse and we’ll look after him. He’s only a five-year-old, he was a very good three-year-old and was knocking on the door in Group Ones last year. I think we’ll have an exciting year with him.”

Ed Dunlop is thinking of stepping up Prince Gagarin in trip following his creditable effort at the Curragh on Sunday.

Jockey Adam Kirby advised the trainer the son of Dubawi would be suited by a mile and a half after he made most of the running when third to Curvy and Giovanni Canaletto in the Group Three Gallinule Stakes.

“Prince Gagarin ran a respectable race in the Gallinule – we decided to try to make all with no other likely pace candidate in the line-up and he was only collared late,” the Newmarket handler told www.edunlop.com.

“The winner is a beautifully-bred filly who is on a steep upward curve and Adam Kirby suggested we try a mile and a half with our horse now.”

Prince Gagarin holds several lofty entries including in both the English and Irish Derbies. A trip to Royal Ascot could be next on the agenda for Devonshire following her tremendous effort in the Irish 1,000 Guineas on Sunday.

Having filled the runner-up spot in two trials for the Curragh Classic at Leopardstown, the Godolphin-owned filly was supplemented for yesterday’s Group One feature and that decision was fully vindicated as she held on for a close third behind Pleascach and hot favourite Found.

Trainer Willie McCreery will discuss plans with the owners before firming up the three-year-old’s next target, but she could be Berkshire-bound next month.

McCreery said: “She ran a blinder and the better ground seemed to suit her.You couldn’t ask for any more from her, so we’re delighted.

“I haven’t had a chance to speak to the owners yet and we’ll wait and see how she comes out of the race, but we’ll probably be looking at something at Royal Ascot for her.”

Kevin Prendergast identified the Pretty Polly Stakes as the next objective for Tamadhor following a most encouraging effort in Sunday’s Irish 1,000 Guineas. Making her three-year-old debut and her first competitive appearance since late September, the daughter of Arcano was beaten less than four lengths into sixth place in Classic company.

Prendergast feels the result would have been even better had Tamadhor been race-fit and is looking forward to testing her over a longer distance in the 10-furlong Pretty Polly on June 28.

“The lack of a run probably cost her a place. She’s in the Pretty Polly and will go there next. I think she will get the trip,” said the trainer.


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