Halford in no rush with Irish

Trainer Mick Halford

Trainer Michael Halford is keen to let the dust settle on Irishcorrespondent's creditable effort at Royal Ascot before committing to future targets.

The son of Teofilo made a most impressive start to his career at Leopardstown in April and followed up in similarly taking fashion at the Curragh the following month.

He was thrown in at the deep end in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, but ran a fine race to finish third and looked a major contender when stepped up in trip for Thursday's Hampton Court Stakes.

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Irishcorrespondent was not disgraced in finishing fifth, but Halford feels he is capable of better than he showed on the day.

"Things just got to him a little bit at the start. He got a little bit worried about things and ran a bit keen," the trainer told At The Races.

"He's come home sound and I'm sure there's better days ahead.

"We'll let him get over that. He didn't train or race as a two-year-old, so he's done a lot in a short space of time.

"We'll give him a chance now and make a plan when we have him right again."


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