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British duo stand ground

Crystal Music and Karasta were today left to fly the flag for Britain in Sunday`s Entenmann`s Irish 1000 Guineas.

The pair, trained by John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute respectively, were among 16 fillies declared this morning for the Curragh Classic.

Gosden withdrew Santolina and Paul Cole took Saudia out of race won by British raiders Hula Angel and Crimplene in the last two years.

Crystal Music will be reunited with Frankie Dettori, having been ridden by Richard Hughes when fourth in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks ago, where Karasta (Kieren Fallon) trailed in 13th.

She faces a rematch on Sunday with third-placed Toroca (Michael Kinane), who heads a five-strong team for Irish champion trainer Aidan O`Brien.

Stoute`s Kalanisi (Fallon) has his first run since he won last November`s Breeders` Cup Turf at Churchill Downs in the preceding Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Opponents in a field of six for the Group One prize include Godolphin`s Fantastic Light (Dettori) and Give The Slip (Richard Hills) plus the John Dunlop-trained Golden Snake (Pat Eddery).