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Olympic Glory - Newbury 20.04.2013

Olympic Glory: winning Newbury's Greenham before his French flop

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Irish Guineas the plan for Olympic Glory

OLYMPIC GLORY, a disappointing 11th in Sunday's Poule D'Essai des Poulains on Sunday, will get one more crack at Classic success in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh a week on Saturday.

Drawn in stall 12 at Longchamp, the Richard Hannon-trained Olympic Glory was never able to challenge under Richard Hughes.

However, he gets the chance to put that right in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, which Hannon and Hughes won with Canford Cliffs in 2010.

The trainer also revealed on his website 2,000 Guineas third Van Der Neer will join the Greenham winner at the Curragh.

"You can put a line through Olympic Glory's French excursion," said Hannon.

"He was drawn in the cheap seats and could never get competitive, but at least he came back without having had a hard race, so we have decided to take him to Ireland, where the stiff mile should suit him well.

"The Curragh's uphill finish should also play to the strengths of Van Der Neer, who was staying on better than anything when third to Dawn Approach in our Guineas."

Hannon, who will be represented in the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas by Maureen a day later, added: ""We walked off the stand at Newmarket thinking Van Der Neer might have earned himself a shot at the Derby, but the colt's owner Saeed Manana is keen to go to Ireland instead, which is fine by us, especially as Richard Hughes made the point that he had not handled the bend too well when winning at Lingfield last month."

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