Hall tops high class 15 for Irish Guineas

Updated: May 21, 2012

The Jim Bolger trained Parish Hall heads a top class field of entries for the first Irish classic of the season, Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas, which takes place at the Curragh this Saturday.

A son of Teofilo, Parish Hall landed the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket at the end of last season but has not seen a racecourse since.

He is set to face Sea The Stars half brother Born To Sea, who disappointed in the Guineas at Newmarket behind Camelot and up to seven horses from the Aidan O’Brien yard, with the likes of Power, Daddy Long Legs Crusade, Nephrite, Reply and Vault all entered.

There also may be a rare French presence in the race with the Mikel Delzangles-trained Hermival set to take his place in the lineup.

Delzangles, speaking to the Racing Post confirmed his charge is on target for the Curragh saying “All being well he’ll run in the Irish Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday. He’s done his last piece of work and he’s recovered well from Newmarket which is why he’s off on his travels again.

“I’m sure he’ll have learnt from the experience. He got left on his own on the far side and had every right to wonder what was going on around him.”

The ground at the Curragh was described as ” good to yielding ” on the straight course and ” good ” on the round track on Monday.

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