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Villanova bidding to be the Guineas Queen

Tue 17th May 2022, 13:35

Villanova Queen (red cap)
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The Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas provided Jessica Harrington with her first Classic success when Alpha Centauri won the race in 2018 and the Moone handler is likely to be represented by Villanova Queen in this year's renewal.

A winner on her second start in October, the Mastercraftsman chestnut since finished a fine third in the Group 3 Ballylinch Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown early last month.

"That's the plan at the moment (to run in the Guineas)," Harrington stated.

"We just wanted to give her plenty of time after she ran at Leopardstown at the beginning of April and get her ready for the Guineas.

"I think she is open to improvement, she is a big filly and that's why we give her plenty of time between her races.

“She has come along well and we are happy with her. I'd say she probably wants nice, good ground."