One Master in line for Curragh reappearance on Saturday

Tuesday, May 21 2019

William Haggas has a formidable team of five remaining in the Lanwades Stud Stakes following the latest forfeit stage for the Group Two at the Curragh on Saturday.

The Newmarket trainer’s party is led by Prix de la Foret heroine One Master, who ended the last campaign with trips to the Breeders’ Cup and Hong Kong.

Adorable, Awesometank, Beshaayir and Pretty Baby make up the Haggas quintet for the one-mile contest, for which 24 stood their ground.

Other British-trained possibles include Lockinge runner-up Laurens, Dan’s Dream and Veracious.

Aidan O’Brien has just the two – I Can Fly and Magical, who also have the option of the Tattersalls Gold Cup on Sunday.

Gordon Lord Byron, the winner in 2017, is among 25 horses left in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes.

Tom Hogan’s 11-year-old showed he still retains plenty of ability when beaten two lengths in fourth place in a handicap at Cork earlier this month, under the steadier of 10st 2lb.

Other old favourites in the Group Two sprint over six furlongs include Limato, Donjuan Triumphant, Gifted Master and Mr Lupton, while among the smart younger speedsters are Equilateral, Invincible Army, Laugh A Minute and Urban Beat.

O’Brien can choose from four as he bids to improve on his record seven wins in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on Sunday.

His team is headed by Magical, who has won both her starts this term, beating Flag Of Honour into second place both times.

Magical has an alternative entry, as has I Can Fly, while Magic Wand completes the Ballydoyle quartet. The latter has been globe-trotting this year, finishing fifth in the Sheema Classic at Meydan and third in the Man O’War Stakes at Belmont Park.

Jim Bolger has Amethyst Stakes runner-up Verbal Dexterity, with the third that day, Fozzy Stack’s Zihba, also there.

Ken Condon has left in Success Days, who has run in this race for the last three years.

Mustajeer, runner-up in the Vintage Crop Stakes, represents Ger Lyons.

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