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MOTH RIDDEN BY JOSEPH O'BRIEN

Moth: expected to be better on straight track at Newmarket

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Moth has live chance in 1,000 Guineas - O'Brien

MOTH, as short as 6-1 to land the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, will relish the return to a mile in Sunday's Classic and has a "live chance" in an open renewal,  according to big-race jockey Joseph O'Brien.

O'Brien, who has opted to ride stablemate Cristoforo Colombo in the 2,000 Guineas, offered an upbeat bulletin on Moth's chances on Thursday and thinks she will progress into a middle-distance performer in time.

O'Brien told At The Races: "Last time she showed on the track for the first time what she has been showing at home and goes there with a live chance in an open enough Guineas.

"Her pedigree says she will stay much further so it was impressive what she did over seven [at the Curragh last month]. She should stay a mile and a half on pedigree and we're hoping she can progress with racing."

Moth is one of three entries for the Newmarket Classic trained by O'Brien's father Aidan, although the jockey thinks that may be down to just two come the day.

He added: "Snow Queen has a lot of ability and I think she will better on a straight track. On her run this year she might struggle but I wouldn't be surprised if she ran a big race if things go her way.

"Magical Dream wouldn't be sure to run. It's probably 50-50 at the moment."

 
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