Halford keen on Irish 1,000 bid

Trainer Mick Halford

Michael Halford is excited at the prospect of running Rehana in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 28.

The County Kildare trainer has reports the Aga Khan-owned daughter of Dark Angel to be in tip-top form after she boosted her Classic claims with a smooth victory in the Group Three Athasi Stakes at Naas earlier this month.

Halford now has his fingers crossed conditions are suitable on the day for his fast-ground performer.

"She's come out of the Athasi really well and I'm delighted with her. The Irish Guineas is still the plan and hopefully she will get her ground. I'm very pleased with her," said Halford.

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Halford is set to give Irishcorrespondent a second taste of racecourse action at the Curragh on Sunday after the Teofilo colt made an impressive winning debut at Leopardstown a month ago.

"I toyed with the idea of running him in the Tetrarch, but I felt on the fast ground dropping him back to seven might be a bit much for him," he said.

"There is a race at the Curragh for him on Sunday over a mile and he'll go there.

"He's laid back and doesn't kill himself at home. You would have thought looking at him the last day that we would step him up in trip, but there are a lot of fast horses in his pedigree.

"He's sharpened up a bit for his run, so we would be happy to go back at a mile for the time being and see what the next race tells us."

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