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Gleneagles (white cap and sleeves) gallops at the Curragh on Sunday

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Reel and Gleneagles top O'Brien's Guineas team

BATTLE plans for Aidan O'Brien's Classic contenders became clearer on Sunday with Gleneagles and Highland Reel spearheading the trainer's assault on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas.

O'Brien took a team of over 60 horses for a steady gallop at the Curragh after racing on Sunday as the Ballydoyle maestro begins to ready his star names for the months ahead.

While the soft ground at the Curragh resulted in the workout being less strenuous than planned, the likes of Ryan Moore and Joseph O'Brien were able to get a feel for their potential Classic mounts on the racecourse.

Discussing plans for his runners, O'Brien said ante-post 2,000 Guineas favourite Gleneagles was likely to be joined by as many as three stablemates at Newmarket on May 2.

"Gleneagles and Highland Reel look like being our main two for the Guineas and it's possible that Sir Isaac Newton could go there too," O'Brien said. "We're not ruling out Ol' Man River either although he could go for one of the Derby trials instead.

"Joseph said Gleneagles didn't like the ground [today] and that was not a surprise. We were planning to do more with them but the rain they got here last night and the night before changed the ground and our plans. Joseph and Ryan were happy with the horses they rode."

O'Brien's Qipco 1,000 Guineas possibles were also in action at the Curragh, although the trainer revealed Newmarket favourite Found only did a light workout following a temperature.

He said: "Ryan was very happy with Together Forever while Found did very little today as she had a temperature about three weeks ago. We're looking at the 1,000 Guineas for them."

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