Opera Singer Could Be Set For Belated Return In Irish 1,000 Guineas

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Group 1-winning filly Opera Singer (Justify) could be on course to make her eagerly anticipated return in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

Last year's leading juvenile filly ended her campaign with a five-length win in the Prix Marcel Boussac, a performance that placed her at the head of the ante-post market for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

However, Opera Singer met with a setback which delayed her return but she is now all set to lead Aidan O'Brien's team at the Curragh.

“At the moment for the 1,000 Guineas it's the two Kingman (GB) fillies, Buttons (Ire) and Everlasting (Ire), who will need to be supplemented, and Opera Singer. Pearls And Rubies (No Nay Never) could also start there,” O'Brien said.

“In the 2,000 Guineas we have River Tiber (Ire) (Wootton Bassett {GB}), Unquestionable (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) and Mountain Bear (Ire) (No Nay Never) might run, but he's only starting back. River Tiber is the most forward of the three at the moment. The ones that haven't run will improve from their races.”

O'Brien has also decided to stay closer to home with the well-travelled Auguste Rodin (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), who will bypass the Coronation Cup at Epsom in favour of the Tattersalls Gold Cup.

He said, “Auguste Rodin will go for the Tattersalls Gold Cup, that is the plan and we're very happy with him. He's doing everything good so far. Hopefully we will run something along with him to make it an even pace.”

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