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O'Brien edging towards Irish option

20th May 2020, 11:05 by James Mason

Donnacha O'Brien has revealed Fancy Blue is likely to head down the Irish route and a shot at the 1,000 Guineas.

Two-time champion jockey O'Brien enjoyed huge success during his racing days, landing multiple Classic victories in a glittering CV, but this season is his first holding a trainer's licence.

It will be a different challenge for the 21-year-old, who announced his retirement from racing in November 2019, but he already looks to have an interesting contender on his hands in Fancy Blue.

Unbeaten as a two-year-old, it has been suggested the filly could be tested in Newmarket's Classic but, while plans are yet to be nailed down, O'Brien is leaning towards a trip to the Curragh instead.

He said, as quoted by the Racing Post: "We will start her off at Newmarket or the Curragh but, with the way the programme is, I think the Curragh could be a better option.

"We need to have a bit of a think but I'd probably be leaning towards the Irish Guineas and then the Irish Oaks but that isn't set in stone, or even nearly set in stone

for that matter."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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