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Stylish success sees Buckaroo enter Irish 2,000 Guineas picture

Buckaroo booked a potential Irish 2,000 Guineas challenge as he got back to winning ways with a stylish victory in the Coolmore Arizona Irish EBF Tetrarch Stakes at the Curragh.

Beaten only a short head on his reappearance in the Group Three Ballysax Stakes, the drop back to a mile worked the oracle in this Listed event as the son of Fastnet Rock cruised stylishly into contention approaching the two-furlong pole and quickly put the race to bed when Shane Crosse pushed the button inside the final furlong.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained 15-8 favourite was pushed out for a cosy four-length success from Navan scorer Wexford Native and New Energy, who faded into third having attempted to make all.

The winner – who runs in the colours of Qatar Racing – is now likely to stay at a mile and was shortened to 14-1 from 33-1 with Betfair for the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Before that is likely to be a return to the Curragh later this month.

O’Brien said: “I was really happy with that. I took a bit of a chance coming back to a mile, but I thought he’d been working with plenty of pace, maybe more than I was giving him credit for in his earlier days.

All smiles for connections of Buckaroo
All smiles for connections of Buckaroo (PA)

“He looks like an Irish Guineas horse.

“He’s a big, strong, powerful horse and has quite a laid-back attitude. I discussed it with Sheikh Fahad and we decided to come here and find out if he was a Guineas horse.

“I see him as more of an eight to 10-furlong horse than a 10 to 12-furlong horse. He seems to be versatile ground-wise.”

O’Brien also had news of his globetrotting stable star State Of Rest, who won the Prix Ganay at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

“He was really good and Shane gave him a great ride. He was caught three wide and managed to win,” he said.

“He’ll come back here (to the Curragh) for the Tattersalls Gold Cup.”

Malex to go on Guineas trial in Tetrarch

Michael O’Callaghan will target the Irish 2,000 Guineas should exciting prospect Malex come though his trial at the Curragh with distinction.

The Kodiac colt won a 20-runner seven-furlong maiden at the Curragh on debut last month and the runner-up has since franked the form with victory at Leopardstown.

After keeping on strongly to score under Leigh Roche, connections are keen to run him in the Tetrarch Stakes at his local track on May 2.

O’Callagham said: “He beat Boundless Ocean first time out and that one has won since. He will go to the Tetrarch, a mile Guineas trial at the Curragh, and he was added into the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the second entry stage.

“Hopefully he will run well and we will go from there if he runs a big race there.

“He has come out of his race at the Curragh very well. He is lovely, big horse and still a big baby.

“He has improved since the Curragh and he will improve for another run as well.”

Awtaad was the last horse to win both the Tetrarch and the Irish 2,000 Guineas in 2016 and O’Callaghan feels he warrants his entry in the Classic.

He added: “To do that first time out against horses rated 100, takes a bit of doing.

Michael O’Callaghan has high hopes for Malex and Crispy Cat
Michael O’Callaghan has high hopes for Malex and Crispy Cat (Lorriane O’Sullivan/PA)

“He figured things out during the race and he came home well and looks like he will stay a mile no problem. I would say he will go further in time, I’d say probably a mile and a quarter.

“The Irish Guineas trip should suit him.

“We’ll get the Guineas out of the way and we’ll know a lot more after that. A lot of what we are doing now is pre-empting things and guessing, but he has to go and do it now. We’ll learn a lot more about him in the Tetrarch and we’ll go from there, but I don’t think he is ground dependant.”

The Curragh handler is also eyeing a possible Royal Ascot tilt for Crispy Cat, who made all to win a five-furlong Cork maiden two weeks ago. Like Malex, he is also owned by Amo Racing Limited, football agent Kia Joorabchian’s operation.

A son of Ardad, who won the Windsor Castle Stakes at the Royal meeting in 2016, Crispy Cat could bid to follow in his father’s footsteps.

O’Callaghan said: “Cripsy Cat is a lovely horse as well. I know talk is cheap, but there was a lot of talk about two or three others in the same race and I’d say it will work out a good maiden, just going on what we heard.

“He has gone and won as well as he could. He didn’t have a hard race and actually won with a bit in hand. He did it from the front and just relaxed.

“Leigh just asked him to quicken up and he quickened up well, and didn’t get too serious on him.

“He is going to go to the five-furlong Listed First Flyer at the Curragh on May 2, the same day Malex runs in the Tetrarch.

“That will tell us where we are going, if he wins there. He’ll obviously be going to Royal Ascot if he does, fingers crossed.

“At the minute I’d say he is a Norfolk horse or a Windsor Castle horse. He is a five-furlong horse at the minute. He has a lot of speed, but I’d say he’ll get six furlongs come the middle of summer because he relaxes so well. He is out of an Azamour mare as well.

“He is quick but six furlongs won’t be a problem in time.”