Halford thrilled with Classic contender

Trainer Mick Halford

Michael Halford is counting down the days to Irishcorrespondent taking his chance in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

The son of Teofilo is fourth-favourite for the colts' Classic on May 27 at around 8-1, after an impressive success took his 100 per cent record to two on Sunday, having only made his racecourse debut last month.

"He's come out of his run well. He's in good form and I've been very happy with him since," said Halford.

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"The Guineas is the plan. All has to go well between now and then, obviously, but I've been pleased with him, he's been good. It's been the plan since he won his maiden if all went well on Sunday. We've got a step closer now.

"It was a good performance for a horse only having his second run on the wide-open spaces of the Curragh. He quickened up nicely and hit the line really well, so you have to be delighted with him."

The County Kildare handler also has a lively candidate for the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas on May 28 in Rehana.

The daughter of Dark Angel staked her claim for Classic honours with a Group Three success at Naas at the beginning of the month.

"All has gone well with her since the Athasi. She's in top form and I'm very pleased with her. It's all going to plan so far," said Halford.

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