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German star on Curragh Gold trail

An intriguing overseas contender has emerged for the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on May 25 in the shape of German raider Neatico.

A Group One winner at Munich last season, beating Godolphin's Hunter's Light back into third, the seven-year-old entire is being considered for the mile-and-a-half showpiece.

Trained by Peter Schiergen, of Danedream fame, Neatico was not disgraced when beaten only four lengths in the Hong Kong Cup in December.

Owner Manfred Ostermann said: "We are giving the prestigious Tattersalls Gold Cup strong consideration for Neatico."

Neatico has been backed from 25-1 into 12s with Racebets, but the odds-on favourite is Aidan O'Brien's Magician, last year's Irish 2,000 Guineas winner.

"We're coming back for the Tattersalls Gold Cup. He should come on a good bit from his Moresbridge Stakes run and we are very happy with him," said O'Brien.

Jim Bolger's Trading Leather is another Classic winner on course for the race after winning the Irish Derby last summer.

Beaten as on odds-on favourite at Newmarket on his return, Bolger expects him to strip much fitter at the Curragh.

"He was too fresh (at Newmarket) but he has come out of his race well and he will run in the Tattersalls Gold Cup," said Bolger.

"I won't be running a pacemaker, but I might run a horse that benefits from a positive, front-running ride."