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Fairyhouse option for Thakhira

Al Thakhira could be prepared for a return to Ireland later this summer after failing to get home in Sunday's Irish 1,000 Guineas.

Marco Botti's filly looked likely to play a part in the finish to the Curragh Classic when produced to challenge in the straight by Richard Hughes, but her finishing effort was tame and she eventually trailed home last.

Botti is keen to drop Al Thakhira in trip on her next appearance, with Fairyhouse's Brownstown Stakes on July 2 a potential target.

"She has come out of the race OK and I just think the stiff mile at the Curragh was too much for her," said the trainer.

"Richard said he thought she could be placed coming to the final furlong, but she emptied very quickly and I think it's clear she hasn't got the trip.

"It was only two weeks after the French Guineas, but because the ground was in her favour, we decided to let her take her chance.

"I am not that surprised she didn't stay as, in that ground at the Curragh, you really need to stay a mile and a quarter and she is bred to be a six- or seven-furlong filly.

"We decided to take a chance, as you never know until you try, but I think we can say for sure now she wants to go back to seven furlongs.

"There is a Group Three at Fairyhouse on July 2, the Brownstown Stakes. That could be her next race.

"Later there is a Group Three over seven furlongs at Goodwood (Oak Tree Stakes, August 1), but obviously we will keep an eye on the ground for her.

"She has already won a Group Two and has been placed in a Group Three, so she owes us nothing."