Halford in no rush with Irishcorrespondent


Michael Halford will let the dust settle before working on plans for Irishcorrespondent following his fine effort in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday.

The County Kildare trainer was delighted with the performance of his inexperienced colt who took minor honours behind Churchill and Thunder Snow on what was only his third start.

"We were delighted. It was a very good run from him, bearing in mind it was only his third run," said Halford.

"The ground had gone on him a bit and it took him a while to find his feet on it, but it was a very good run and the two horses in front of him are very good horses with proven Group One form.

"He's taken it really well. We'll leave it a few days and I'll talk to the owners. We hadn't looked far beyond Saturday.

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"He'll get further no problem, he'll go 10 furlongs."

Stablemate Rehana will drop back in trip after her run in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas on Sunday.

Fifth past the post, she was demoted to sixth after hampering Bean Feasa after a couple of furlongs.

Rehana had shown smart form at seven furlongs, beating Rhododendron for her maiden success at the Curragh last summer and winning the Group Three Athasi Stakes at Naas this spring.

"The ground was against her, there was no pace and she didn't settle. It just wasn't to be on the day," said Halford.

"Nothing went right for her, from ground to the pace of the race, but she's come out of it well and we'll probably drop her back in trip now and take it from there.

"We've nothing in mind at the moment. We were hoping she'd get the mile and we entered her in the Coronation Stakes but she won't run over a mile again."

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