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New Energy to be aimed at St James’s Palace after fine Curragh run

New Energy is headed for the Royal meeting after his valiant second-placed run in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the weekend.

Sheila Lavery’s New Bay colt was a 40-1 shot for the Classic contest after picking up two Listed placings this season, when third in both the Leopardstown Guineas Trial and the Tetrarch Stakes.

The market was headed by Charlie Appleby’s Native Trail, who duly triumphed at 2-5, but New Energy caught the eye when ridden to challenge a furlong from home before crossing the line a length and three-quarters behind the Godolphin-owned winner.

Royal Ascot is next on the chestnut’s calendar, with the horse likely to take up his entry in the St James’s Palace Stakes over a mile on the opening day of the showpiece meeting.

“He’s come out of the race really well and our next target will be Ascot, most probably the St James’s Palace,” said Lavery.

“We’ll enter him up for the Jersey as well, just in case, but I think that will be our next step.

“I think he deserves to run in the St James’s Palace, that’s the best way of putting it.”

New Energy was ridden by Billy Lee, who was replacing the injured Robbie Colgan, and his trainer suspected that he might improve when tested in a race run at Group One speed.

She said: “We were absolutely thrilled, we always thought he’d be better at Group One pace and he got that at the weekend. I was really thrilled with him.

“It was a beautiful ride, too. I do think Native Trail was just idling in front and if we’d have got to him he’d have just pulled out more, but we were delighted and it’s really exciting.”

Lavery has Classics in mind for New Energy

Sheila Lavery has Newmarket’s Qipco 2000 Guineas in mind for New Energy after he finished third at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Having won on his debut last season he then disappointed in the Killavullen Stakes.

New Energy turned the form around in no uncertain terms with the winner of that race, though, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Glounthaune, who could finish only fifth behind Ger Lyons’ winner Dr Zempf.

“We spent all winter just trying to teach him to settle and relax and I think it did work, he still needs to settle a bit more but I’m much happier with how he ran (on Saturday) than how he ran in the Killavullan,” said Lavery.

“He came home and ate up, we were very happy with his run and all seems good.

“We were delighted with him, he wasn’t fully wound up so he should improve from that as well.”

The chestnut holds entries for both the English and Irish Guineas, though Lavery is favouring the Newmarket race providing the going does not prove to be too firm.

“As long as the ground isn’t too fast, Newmarket would be on our radar for the Guineas,” she said.

“He’s in both Irish and English, I know he’ll be below the ratings of the other horses but he’s only run three times and I think you can just put a line through his run in the Killavullan.

“I think he deserves to have his chance and if everything stays on track then that’s where we’ll be heading.

“He took the race very well, he’s got speed, he will stay as he’s got a really good cruising speed.

“That said, if Newmarket comes up too fast then he won’t go to Newmarket and we will look at the Irish Guineas.

“Either way we were very happy with him, he’s an exciting horse to have.”