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Former Irish Guineas runner-up Foxtrot Romeo makes his debut for Tommy Carmody in the Gladness Stakes

Updated: Saturday, 06 Apr 2013 13:48 | Comments

Foxtrot Romeo (right) flew home to finish second to Roderic O'Connor in the 2011 Irish 2000 Guineas
Foxtrot Romeo (right) flew home to finish second to Roderic O'Connor in the 2011 Irish 2000 Guineas

Trainer Tommy Carmody is looking forward to running Foxtrot Romeo for the first time in the Big Bad Bob Gladness Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

The four-year-old colt, owned by Andrew Tinkler, was previously trained in North Yorkshire by Bryan Smart and moved across the Irish Sea towards the end of last year.

Foxtrot Romeo's best performance to date came in the Irish 2000 Guineas, when he was only beaten a length when second to Power.

He is reported to have settled in nicely into his new surroundings and is ready to return to action for the first time since he was unplaced in the Park Stakes at Doncaster in September.

"We are looking forward to him running. He should run a big race and we'll just take it from there and see how we get on," said Carmody.

"We've had him since before the end of last year.

"He proved he was a nice horse last year when he was second in the Irish Guineas so we're excited about him running on Sunday and we are expecting a big improvement.

"We hope there will be bigger targets, but we'll see how we get on on Sunday first."

Ken Condon saddles Bold Thady Quill as he bids to continue his rise up the ranks in this Group Three heat.

Third in the Irish Lincolnshire at the Curragh last month, he won a Listed contest at Cork just six days later.

"He has been a great servant to the yard and at six years of age he's still improving," said the County Kildare handler.

"Last Saturday's win was a career high and the handicapper took the same view.

"He has him up to 100 but even off that mark he has a bit to find with some of the others, on ratings at least.

"The ground is drying out but it should still be safe, nice ground.

"He's race fit and seems to be well this week so we're letting him take his chance."

Nephrite, one time Classic hope last year for Aidan O'Brien, also makes his comeback.

O'Brien said: "Nephrite is in good form.

"He's back to seven furlongs again and while we thought he didn't get the trip when he ran over it last year.

"He is older and stronger now."

Others in a quality field include Yellow Rosebud, La Collina and British raider Arnold Lane from Mick Channon's stable.

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