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Vallado in Classic contention

Eddie Lynam's exciting filly Vallado could be aimed towards the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh later this month.

Runner-up on her Leopardstown debut last July, Vallado then claimed the notable scalp of My Titania at the same track before signing off her juvenile campaign with a runaway victory in a valuable sales race at the Curragh.

The Clodovil filly was not ready to make her comeback in this weekend's Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, but could line up in the Irish equivalent if she pleases her trainer in the next couple of weeks.

Lynam said: "She's been a bit slow to come to hand, but she's working away now and we're happy with her.

"The Irish Guineas is a possibility, but it would only be 50-50 at this stage and she certainly won't run before that.

"We think she's a nice filly, but I won't be getting too carried away.

"I know she beat John Oxx's filly (My Titania), but she was having her first run that day and obviously improved a lot for it."

Vallado is not the only smart filly in Lynam's yard, with older pair Viztoria and Pearl Of Africa nearing a return.

Viztoria won the Athasi Stakes at the Curragh and the Park Stakes at Doncaster last year and was last seen finishing third behind stablemate Slade Power in the British Champions Sprint at Ascot.

Pearl Of Africa won four times during a superb 2013 campaign and appeared better than ever when finishing third in both the Cape Verdi and the Balanchine at the Dubai Carnival earlier this year.

Lynam said: "Viztoria is working well and could run in the Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown or a race at Lingfield (Betfred Mobile Chartwell Fillies' Stakes) next weekend.

"She'll be running wherever the word soft is in the going description. The ground is definitely the key to her.

"She is probably best over six or seven furlongs, but we might have another crack at a mile somewhere along the line.

"Pearl Of Africa is in very good form as well and will probably go to Leopardstown next weekend for the Amethyst.

"We thought about bringing her to Newmarket (for the Dahlia Stakes), but we just felt we'd stay at home for her first run and see how she performs.

"We're hoping she'll make up into a contender for the old Windsor Forest Stakes (Duke of Cambridge Stakes) at Royal Ascot."