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makes all for Moore
Royal Ascot could be the aim for Beacon Rock,
who led from start to finish to claim victory in the
Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes.
The Group Three contest has been dominated by
Aidan O'Brien in recent years, with the Ballydoyle
maestro having saddled 13 of the last 19 winners,
and he fielded three of the five runners this year.
Beacon Rock was sent off the 9/10 favourite, hav-
ing run creditably in the Ballysax Stakes and in the
Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, and soon dominated
under Ryan Moore.
The Dermot Weld-trained Foxtrot Charlie tried to
throw down a challenge in the straight, but Beacon
Rock found plenty for pressure to score by two
Santa Monica, the only filly in the line-up, finished
strongly to grab the runner-up spot.
O'Brien said: "He's a tough horse and kept re-
sponding. Ryan was left alone in front and gave him
a very good ride. He was only doing what he had to
"We'll have a good look at Ascot with all those
horses and he'll get a mile and a half."
Ascot reshuffle for O'Brien
French 2000 Guineas hero The Gurkha is likely to
sidestep the Investec Derby and instead head to
Royal Ascot to contest the St James's Palace
The Galileo colt was a brilliant winner at Deauville
last weekend and after Air Force Blue disappointed
in the Irish 2,000 Guineas on Saturday, trainer Aidan
O'Brien is set to let The Gurkha take on his fellow
star three-year-olds over a mile in Berkshire.
Air Force Blue, who also failed to fire in the 2000
Guineas at Newmarket earlier in the month, is set to
come back in distance for the Commonwealth Cup.
O'Brien said: "I'm not sure, but I'd imagine we're
looking at Ascot (for The Gurkha).
"We felt that what happened (to Air Force Blue at
the Curragh) could happen and it did. We've always
felt that he (The Gurkha) could then switch in for
that (St James's Palace).
"The other horse could come back to six furlongs.
He wanted to go fast on Saturday and I've no doubt
he didn't stay.
"He's a fast horse. We'll discuss it, but he's more
than likely going to go for the six-furlong race (Com-
News of The Gurkha's likely plans saw a shift in
the betting for the Investec Derby, and Sky Bet cut
US Army Ranger and Wings Of Desire to 7/2 joint-
favourites from 4/1. Air Force Blue is a 10/1 chance
for the Commonwealth Cup.
Options open for Besharah
William Haggas is in no rush to commit to future
targets with Besharah following her fine run in last
week's French 1000 Guineas.
Winner of the Princess Margaret and the Lowther
Stakes as a juvenile, the Kodiac filly was beaten into
third when favourite for the Fred Darling Stakes on
the all-weather at Chelmsford last month.
She stepped up to a mile for the first time in the
Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at Deauville and was far
from disgraced in finishing a close-up fourth.
Haggas said: "She's come back in terrific form.
"We left her in the Irish Guineas but I decided
against running her there, so we'll have a think
about what we do next.
"She nearly got it (the mile) and you wouldn't be
put off about trying it again. It's just about trying to
find the right race.
"She's in everything at that distance, so we'll see."
Besharah is entered in the Coronation Stakes over
a mile at Royal Ascot, while she also has the option
of coming back in trip to six furlongs in the Com-
monwealth Cup at the showpiece fixture.
Jet Setting reversed New-
market form with Minding to
win the Tattersalls 1,000
Guineas after a fine battle
between the pair yesterday.
Bought for just 12,000
guineas out of Richard Hannon s
yard at the end of last season,
connections have had to sup-
plement her into the entries for
both versions of the 1000
Guineas. But while the gamble
failed to pay off at Newmarket
when she came unstuck in The
Dip, it paid a huge dividend here
as the 9/1 chance got the best
of a stirring fight with the 4/11
Shane Foley struck for home
some way out aboard Jet Setting,
but Ryan Moore was never too
far away aboard Minding and
the pair settled down to scrap
it out over the final two fur-
A furlong out, it looked sure
that Minding would get the bet-
ter of her rival, but Jet Setting
found plenty and knuckled down
to score by a head, the pair a
vast 10 lengths clear of third-
home Now Or Never.
"It s a dream come true," Foley
said. "She ran a blinder at New-
market. The ground was way
too firm for her there but I ve
been doing a rain dance all week
and I m glad it came.
"She s just so tough and gen-
uine. The track didn t suit her
at Newmarket, but the Curragh
suited her every strength today
- soft ground, a stiff mile, per-
Jet Setting holds an entry in
the Coronation Stakes at Royal
Ascot, but Keatley, in just his
second season with a trainer s
licence, said he would be keen
to assess conditions in Berkshire
before making a firm commit-
He said: "It s been a dream.
I was just hoping at the finish
that she stayed where she was.
"I m delighted for the owners
and everyone in the yard. Hope-
fully this will help us get bigger,
better and more competitive so
we don t have to keep going to
Ayr every Monday!
"I don t know what s next. I
never even looked beyond this!
She s entered in Ascot but
whether she goes or not I don t
"When the rain was forecast
we said we d have a go here and,
luckily enough for the lads, it
worked out as it was a big call
to supplement her again. That s
£30,000 they have paid out
twice now, but it s worked out
for them anyway. She was
unlucky at Newmarket to get a
"She did something similar
to what she did in Leopardstown
(when successful in a Guineas
trial). She likes being in front
and having daylight around her.
"She probably wouldn t go to
Ascot if it was very fast, but if
there was a bit of ease she might.
We ll consider it and have a look.
"If she s that good at a mile
why would we try and change
While connections of the run-
ner-up have a possible Investec
Oaks tilt to consider with Mind-
ing, Keatley s attentions now
turn towards his runners at Ayr
today and Hamilton on Wednes-
"Sometimes you get lucky and
I m one of the lucky ones," he
said. "It s tough going. It s tough
for anyone in this business, but
everyone deserves a good day.
"I moved to a new yard at the
Curragh in the middle of Feb-
ruary. It was a tough move for
the horses and the staff and
everyone, but it s working out
"We ve had two trebles at Ayr
already this season. I ve two
there again tomorrow and hope-
fully it will work out well again.
"I can t believe it. Even when
I see it in the paper, the result,
I don t know... it s what dreams
are made of."
O Brien revealed that Minding
had returned after the race with
an injury after "getting a belt"
against the starting stalls before
"Ryan said that when he came
in that she anticpated the gate,
just before they came in, she
banged her head, took the skin
off the side of her head and her
nostril and burst a sinus."
• EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to tech-
nical difficulties, the Jeffery
Ross column is unavailable
today. We do apologise for any
Irish 2,000 Guineas hero
Awtaad is likely to sidestep the
Derby and head for the St
James s Palace Stakes at Royal
Kevin Prendergast s colt
claimed his fourth win from five
starts with a magnificent display
at the Curragh, seeing off Galileo
Gold, winner of the 2000
Guineas at Newmarket.
The veteran trainer said in the
immediate aftermath he felt his
Cape Cross colt was capable of
stepping up in distance, but
Angus Gold, racing manager to
owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Mak-
toum, expects him to remain at
a mile for the time being.
Gold said: "It was a fantastic
result and I m so happy for Kevin,
for all his team and Chris Hayes.
"Kevin has been training for
Sheikh Hamdan for many years
without having much joy, so I m
thrilled for him to get a horse
like this at this time of his life.
He s an incredible man.
"I think we knew he was a
very nice horse, but it s always
hard to equate the English form
against the Irish form.
"I don t think there was any
fluke about it. He wasn t a lucky
winner - I think he won it fair
"I had a brief chat with Kevin
and Sheikh Hamdan last night.
My gut reaction, which I think
Sheikh Hamdan shared, would
be to go for the St James s Palace.
"The Derby is a lovely idea,
but you d be going up a consid-
erable amount of distance in a
short space of time.
"I m sure he would get further
as he has a wonderful tempera-
ment, but he looks a high-class
miler to me and after beating the
English 2000 Guineas winner, I
think you d be hard pushed not
to go to Ascot.
"Hopefully he s going to be a
stallion for the stud and he d look
an even more attractive propo-
sition if he were to win the St
James s Palace.
"We ll see how he is and talk
about it during the week, but I
think we ll be staying at a mile
for the immediate future."
Bookmakers Sky Bet are trad-
ing on the St James s Palace
Stakes and quote Awtaad at 3/1
behind 11/8 favourite The
Gurkha, with Galileo Gold 9/2
to exert revenge over Awtaad.
Jet Setting shows way in Guineas
Winning trainer Adrian Keatley celebrates with successful jockey
Shane Foley after the success of Jet Setting in yesterday's
Tattersalls 1,000 Guineas
Awtaad heads for Palace Stakes
Under: (Last Monday)
10.30 am 34-33
1 pm 22-20
4 pm 33-17
6.30 pm 5-18
PICK TWO SELECTIONS
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05PARSONMAN 2 3 3 2 10
15SICKWOMAN3 1 6 4 14
18WATERBOAT 2 8 4 1 15
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 3 5 3 1 12
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 0 0 6 7 13
30HOUSECAT 8 3 3 2 16
31PARSONWIFE6 2 1 2 11
34BLINDMAN 3 3 2 3 11
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Play Whe results to Saturday, May 21, 2016
10.30 am 8
24 6.30 pm
17 (Pigeon) 6.30 pm
3 (Carriage) 10.30 am
4 (Dead Man) 4 pm
17 (Pigeon) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
15 (Sick Woman)
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