Rain a pain for Titania claims
Last Updated: 20/05/14 5:20pm
James Doyle: Will ride one of Dermot Weld's pair in the Irish 1,000 Guineas
John Oxx is keeping his fingers crossed conditions at the Curragh do not deteriorate to allow My Titania line up in Sunday's Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas.
The daughter of Sea The Stars won twice from three appearances as a juvenile, but was ruled out of the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket with a dirty scope just days before the race.
Oxx has nursed his three-year-old back to health, but insists she "will only run if the ground is not too soft".
Dermot Weld has confirmed the Khalid Abdullah-owned duo of Tested and Vote Often are on course for the fillies' Classic.
Weld said: "Both fillies are in good form and both will run.
"Pat Smullen will ride one of them and James Doyle will ride the other."
Clive Brittain believes last year's Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Rizeena will be suited by a return to the Curragh, having disappointed in the Guineas at Newmarket.
"She's well travelled, she's been to Deauville, she's been to Ireland so she's been on a plane a few times," Brittain told At The Races.
"She won in Ireland and she ran a cracking good race at Deauville. The only place she hasn't run at her peak is Newmarket.
"She ran a cracking race on debut at Newmarket, then broke her maiden at Ascot no problem. (She) went to Sandown against the boys over a stiff five, no problem, back to Ascot to win the Queen Mary, no problem.
"But when she went back to Newmarket, whether Rowley Mile or July Course, she hasn't produced that spark so we're just putting it down to that.
"The filly is primed and ready to go. She's one work away from her racing weight, give or take a couple of kilos for travelling, so I'm going back to Ireland with as much confidence as I went for the Moyglare."
Lightning Thunder, runner-up in the Newmarket Guineas, Al Thakhira and Evita Peron are the other possibles from England.
Aidan O'Brien can choose from Palace, Marvellous and Wonderfully.
Avenue Gabriel, Ballybacka Queen, Heart Focus and Queen Of Power make up the 14 confirmations.