Willie McCreery watches Insinuendo at Tattersalls Gold Cup

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Insinuendo could be preparing for a tilt at the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup in May after Willie McCreery’s protégé pushed Classic heroine Mother Earth close in her seasonal reappearance at the Curragh last Saturday.

he Gleneagles daughter scored for McCreery in Group 3 and Group 2 last season and the Kildare manager is full of optimism for the months ahead after the five-year-old chased home last year’s English 1,000 Guinea winner.

“We’ve been very pleased with her and we’re looking ahead and up,” McCreery said. “Ideally, you would have loved someone the other day who would have given her a hint. She had to do all her donkey work herself and it’s hard to beat a true Group 1 filly that goes at her own pace.

“The whole idea this year is to try and place their Group 1 and see where we are then. I’m not sure where we’re going to go next it really depends on the ground. The ground here has changed from soft to very good in the last few weeks.

“So hopefully we’ll get some Irish weather again. If we could get a cut in the ground that would open up more options. The Tattersalls Gold Cup is definitely an option for them if the ground is right for them.”

Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien could have another English derby hope after Group 1 runners-up Stone Age (1/3 favourites) were reduced to 33/1 after an easy 2-1 win at Navan yesterday celebrated.

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