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Sunday, June 20, 2004


GREY SWALLOW TO IRISH DERBY



Dermot Weld confirmed today that Grey Swallow was on target for a tilt at next Sunday's Group One Budweiser Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Weld, who won Ireland's premier classic with Zagreb back in 1996, could also be represented in the weekend feature by Cairdeas who carries the presedential colours.


Speaking this morning, the Curragh-based trainer said: “Grey Swallow is in tremendous form and will take his chance on Sunday provided the ground is good. Cairdeas's participation in the race is still under consideration and a decision will be taken early next week..”

Triple Irish Field Irish St Leger winner Vinnie Roe, who was forced to miss Thursday's Ascot Gold Cup because of a slight muscle tightening in his quarters, has responded well to treatment and could return to action in the Group Three Sharp Minds Betfair Curragh Cup on Saturday.


“No decision has been taken yet, but it is a distinct possibility that Vinnie Roe will take his chance in the Curragh Cup,” commented Weld, who also intends saddling last year's winner of the race, Maharib.


Weld has five entries in the Group One Audi Pretty Polly Stakes on the same afternoon and is likely to be represented by both Sunday Joy and Ivowen.

“They are my two intended runners and Sunday Joy is an exciting prospest as she won a Group One contest in Australia and is having her first outing in this country on Saturday. She has settled in really well and has shown plenty of promise at home,” commented Weld.


Either Proper Article or Ektishaaf will represent Weld in Friday evening's featured Goffs Challenge Stakes, while he nominated the hat-trick seeking Man O World as the horse most likely to carry the stable banner in Sunday's Group Two Anheuser Busch Adventure Parks Railway Stakes.



ROYAL WINNERS HEAD BETTING FOR FUTURE GROUP ONE CONTESTS


Impressive Royal Ascot winners Rakti and Doyen head the betting with Coral for the Coral-Eclipse and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at 7-4 and 9-4 respectively as the current Berkshire course bowed out in vintage style.


"Lafi, Fayr Jag and Doyen ensured that the final Royal day at the old Ascot was a winning one for punters, while we'll be hoping that York next year brings a change of luck for bookies," said Coral's David Stevens.


**Coral-Eclipse
7-4 Rakti, 6-1 Salford City, 7-1 Powerscourt, 10-1 Russian Rhythm, 12-1 Bandari, Ikhtyar, 12-1 Magistretti, 14-1 Kalaman, Mingun, 16-1 Kaieteur,
Leporello, 20-1 Warrsan

**King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes
9-4 Doyen, 3-1 North Light, 7-1 Sulamani, 8-1 Papineau, 10-1 Rule Of Law, 12-1 Let The Lion Roar, Gamut, Powerscourt, 14-1 Vallee Enchantee, Warrsan, 16-1 Hard Buck, Millenary, Phoenix Reach, 25-1 High Accolade,Percussionist, Scotts View, 33-1 Magritte

**Irish Derby
4-6 North Light, 4-1 Let The Lion Roar, 7-1 Rule Of Law, Day Flight, 10-1 Grey Swallow, 14-1 Wolfe Tone, Magritte, 16-1 Ecomium

**Sussex Stakes
5-1 Refuse To Bend, Attraction, 6-1 Haafhd, 7-1 Soviet Song, 8-1 Bago, Salselon, 10-1 Antonius Pius, Kheleyf, Snow Ridge, 12-1 Kalaman, Exceed and Excel

**St Leger
5-1 Percussionist, 6-1 Let The Lion Roar, 10-1 Duke Of Venice, North Light, Magritte, 12-1 Wolfe Tone, 16-1 Five Dynasties

**Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe
4-1 Doyen, 6-1 North Light, 8-1 Sulamani, Bago, 10-1 Mubtaker, 14-1 Prospect Park, Ouija Board, Papineau, 16-1 Blue Canari, Latice, Polish Summer, Powerscourt, Vallee Enchantee, Valixir, 20-1 Lord Du Sud, Gamut, Reefscape


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