Aidan O’Brien is responsible for seven of the 15 confirmations as he searches for an eighth victory in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.
The master of Ballydoyle has collected the one-mile Classic with the likes of Rock Of Gibraltar (2002), Henrythenavigator (2008) and last year with Roderic O’Connor.
But with Newmarket 2000 Guineas winner Camelot bound for next month’s Investec Derby at Epsom, O’Brien does not appear to have a stand-out Irish Guineas contender.
Nephrite needs to bounce back after suffering an odds-on reverse on his seasonal reappearance, while Power was a Group One-winning two-year-old but never threatened behind Camelot at Newmarket.
Crusade, Daddy Long Legs, Reply, Vault and beaten Derrinstown Derby Trial favourite Wrote complete the O’Brien team.
Newmarket third Hermival is an interesting entry for French trainer Mikel Delzangles, while the fourth home, Trumpet Major, is a major contender for British champion trainer Richard Hannon.
Dewhurst Stakes winner Parish Hall is on course to make his seasonal reappearance.
John Oxx could saddle Newmarket disappointment Born To Sea and impressive recent course winner Takar.
Cork scorer Speaking Of Which could be thrown in at the deep end by trainer Dermot Weld.
Alkazim and Foxtrot Romeo complete the list of possible runners.
Meanwhile, last year’s Betfred.com Temple Stakes winner Sole Power is one of 19 sprinters in the running for the 2012 renewal at Haydock on Saturday.
Eddie Lynam’s experienced traveller, just beaten in the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai last time, faces a rematch with the Bryan Smart-trained Tangerine Trees, who became a Group One star himself when winning the Prix de l’Abbaye and has not appeared since that very day.
With Johnny Murtagh likely to be in action at the Curragh on the same day, Lynam is on the lookout for a jockey to partner Sole Power.
He said: The horse has put on a good bit of weight since he came back from Dubai and he seems in very good form. – his work has been good. We have to go and look for a jockey now.
“I think after Haydock, the plan for Sole Power will be Royal Ascot, York and Paris.”
lA tilt at the Noblesse Stakes at Cork on June 17 is next on the agenda for Unaccompanied following her excellent run in defeat in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan.
Dermot Weld’s dual Grade One-winning hurdler had made a triumphant return to the Flat at Navan in April and stepped up in class to tackle last year’s Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory on Sunday.
Although Unaccompanied came up short, she was far from disgraced in finishing a close-up second.
“It was a terrific run and we were delighted with her,” said Stan Cosgrove, racing manager for owners Moyglare Stud.
“She’s a very good mare over hurdles and on the Flat and all going well she’ll go for the Noblesse Stakes at Cork next.
“She won’t be going to Royal Ascot.”
One Moyglare-owned filly who is set for Ascot is last week’s Blue Wind Stakes winner Princess Highway.
The three-year-old will bid to emulate her mother Irresistible Jewel by landing the Ribblesdale Stakes.
“She’s a nice filly,” said Cosgrove.
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