Dubawi Set for Curragh

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Byline: PEADAR FLANAGAN

DUBAWI GOLD, runner-up to Frankel in the English 2000 Guineas, is favourite for the Irish equivalent at the Curragh on Saturday, after being supplemented yesterday at a cost of [euro]32,500.

Trained by Richard Hannon, whose Canford Cliffs won the race last year, Dubawi Gold will face a maximum of eight rivals after it emerged the Michael Dods-trained Ashva had been declared in error and Aidan O'Brien's Zoffany was ruled out after suffering a bout of colic.

Kevin Mason, racing secretary to Hannon (below), told Racemail: 'After his great run when he was second to Frankel, the Irish Guineas was the logical next step. So the plan is to run. Richard Hughes, I guess, will be over for the ride.' However, Monsieur Chevalier, also trained by Hannon, is only a possible runner in the Greenlands Stakes, one of a number of good supporting races on Saturday. 'We have left him in but he wouldn't want it too quick. So he is not a definite runner. A decision won't be taken until later in the week,' said Mason.

The other English challenger will be Slim Shadey, who finished fourth in the English 2000 Guineas.

Stan Moore, Slim Shadey's trainer, said: 'He will run unless something untoward happens between now and the race. We were delighted with his run at Newmarket.

He came out of the race well and I am pleased with him. He has a bit to find with Dubawi Gold but should show natural improvement from his run at Newmarket, his first of the season. …