Yucatan set to line up in Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas

Aidan O’Brien plans to run Galileo colt in Group Two

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Yucatan will run in the Coolmore Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas on Monday.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained four-year-old showed top-class form as a two-year-old but his Classic campaign was interrupted by injury.

He returned to action behind stablemate Capri, whom he pushed close as a juvenile, in the Alleged Stakes at Naas last month.

And while he only finished fourth of five he is expected to step up considerably on what was his first outing for almost a year.

“He’ll come on a good deal for that,” said Alan Cooper, racing manager for the Niarchos family, who own Yucatan together with Coolmore partners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.

“I think the plan at the moment is to go for the Mooresbridge Stakes. The last time I spoke to Aidan, that was the plan.”

Yucatan set to line up in Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas

Naas 15:55, 7 May 2018

Finished 3 of 7 @ 4/1

chased leader, improved to press leader halfway and 5 lengths clear of field, pushed along and reduced advantage 2f out, ridden in close 2nd 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong

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