Full-Sister To Minding, Empress Josephine Debuts

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Galileo | Coolmore

16.30 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, 6fT
Coolmore and Westerberg's THE LUTE PLAYER (IRE) (Caravaggio) is a son of G3 Ballyogan S. third Sparrow (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}) and thus a half-brother to G1 Cox Plate and G1 Tancred S. hero Sir Dragonet (Ire) (Camelot {GB}). The Aidan O'Brien-conditioned newcomer faces a cast of 10, which includes Johnny Murtagh trainee War Effort (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}), who is a half-brother and stablemate to last term's G1 Matron S. victrix Champers Elysees (Ire) (Elzaam {Aus}).

17.00 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, f, 7fT
Aidan O'Brien trainee TUESDAY (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) is another to represent the Coolmore-Westerberg axis and she faces a deep field in this debut. The June-foaled bay is a full-sister to seven-time Group 1 heroine Minding (Ire) and this term's G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Empress Josephine (Ire). Her opposition includes Jim Bolger's Hymn Book Two (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}), who is a half-sister to MG1SW sire Dawn Approach (Ire) (New Approach {Ire}); Mise Le Meas (Ire) (New Bay {GB}), a Johnny Murtagh-trained half-sister to G1 Falmouth S. victrix Nahoodh (Ire) (Clodovil {Ire}); Shadwell homebred Alaroos (Ire) (Golden Horn {GB}), a half-sister to MGSW G1 Epsom Derby runner-up Madhmoon (Ire) (Dawn Approach {Ire}), from the Kevin Prendergast stable; and Jessica Harrington trainee Discoveries (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), who is a once-raced full-sister to MG1SW G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Alpha Centauri (Ire) and a half to last term's G1 Coronation S. victrix Alpha Lupi (Ire) (Sea The Moon {Ger}).

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