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Pearl team have ground concerns

Tue, 01 May 2012

Ger Lyons is hoping the ground is not too soft for his fancied runner Lightening Pearl in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday.

The daughter of Marju, owned by Pearl Bloodstock, signed off her juvenile career with a Group One success in the Cheveley Park Stakes over six furlongs of the Rowley Mile track after winning the Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh on her previous start

"If the meeting starts on good ground it won't be a problem. I just wouldn't want any extremes," said the County Meath trainer.

"At the minute unless something drastic happens she's travelling on Friday. We'll do what we normally do, which is to walk the course, and if we're not happy with the ground we'll pull up stumps and come home. If we're happy we'll run.

"We said last September she's going for the Guineas and we've stuck to the plan. She was never going to be a big filly. She's the same weight, she seems in good order.

"She's had a couple of racecourse gallops, so there won't be any excuses fitness-wise. We'll know on Sunday whether she gets the trip or not.

"If the ground turned up on the very soft or heavy side I doubt we'd take our chance."