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Leopardstown conditions ideal for Nahoodh

MARK JOHNSTON is hoping Leopardstown's meeting gets the go-ahead with conditions at the track looking ideal for Nahoodh in the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes.

The three-year-old has only run three times for the Middleham handler and was an impressive winner of the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on her penultimate start.

Shewas not disgraced when fourth of nine in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville last time and Johnston reports his charge to have taken the trip to Ireland in her stride.

"I am actually at Keeneland at the moment, but she has arrived in Ireland in very good form from what they are telling me," said Johnston.

"I'm hearing the ground over there is goingto be very testing if it passes the inspection but that won't bother her at all and I couldn't be happier with her.

"One or two of the others may not be as suited to it as she would be so I'm looking forward to it."

In contrast, Jim Bolger admitsconditions are unlikely to help Lush Lashes but he is happy to let her take her chance in the Group 1 contest.

The daughter of Galileo has enjoyed a successful season, winning the Musidora Stakes over a mile and a quarter, the Coronation Stakes over a mile and the Yorkshire Oaks over a mile and a half at Newmarket last time.

However, the filly's most disappointing run of the campaign came in testing conditions at the Curragh back in March and Bolger is hoping she handles the ground better this time around.

"The ground probably isn't perfect but we are going to let her take her chance," said Bolger.                       

"When we ran her in heavy ground early this year, she ran a bit freely and maybe she wasn't as ready as we should have hadher.

"We're going to give her another chance as she is in great form at home and the trip makes no difference to her."

Dermot Weld's Carribean Sunset was a course-and-distance winner in testing conditions in the Desmond Stakes and is readyto line up.

Weld earmarked the daughter of Danehill Dancer for one of his frequent raids to the USA after she finished third to Lush Lashes in the Coronation Stakes, but she could only take fourth in the American Oaks after encountering travel problems.

Curragh-based Weld has a big weekend to anticipate, as the meeting also beckons the return of Famous Name in the At The Races Kilternan Stakes.

The colt was only beaten a head on his most recent start in the French Derby and is dropped back to Group 3 level.

Weld reported: "Both horses are very well and if racing is on, they will both run, but there has to be a doubt about the meeting."

Bolger's ground fears seem to have transmitted to punters as a lack of confidence behind LushLashes has seen thefilly drift out to 5-2 joint-favourite with William Hill.

The firm originally priced up the filly as 2-1 market leader against her Nassau Stakes conqueror Halfway to Heaven but they now head the market together.

Caribbean Sunset will relish the testing conditions however, and has been backed into 4-1 from 13-2.


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