Lucida set to bid to give Irish maestro Bolger a second QIPCO 1000 Guineas triumph

Trainer Jim Bolger has reported that Lucida is ‘on target’ for the Group1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Sunday, 3rd May.

Lucida was one of nine Irish-trained fillies among the 25 remaining entries following yesterday’s scratching stage for this £410,000 one mile event, the second race in the QIPCO British Champions Series.

A daughter of Shamardal, she stamped herself as a leading Guineas candidate by landing the Group 2 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes on the Rowley Mile last September – the same race that Bolger used for Finsceal Beo as a springboard to Guineas glory back in 2007.

Jim Bolger, trainer of Lucida, said:

“Lucida is very well and is on target for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas. I am very pleased with her.”

“We have decided to send here there without another run as I wanted to follow the same route as I did with Finsceal Beo.”

“It is difficult to compare the two as they are different types of filly and Finsceal Beo had already won a Group 1 in Paris by this stage but Lucida’s performance was good when she won the Rockfel.”

“Stellar Glow, my other remaining 1000 Guineas entry, is not an intended runner.”

All the top contenders stood their ground at yesterday’s scratching stage, most notably the top two in the ante post betting market, Found and Together Forever, who both hail from the yard of the Irish Champion Trainer, Aidan O’Brien.

The home team is led by last week’s Group 3 Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes winner, Osaila; and Redstart, Jellicle Ball and Tiggy Wiggy - the first three home from the other recent Group 3 trial race, Saturday’s Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury.

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