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Declaration of intent for O'Brien

Sat, 08 September 2012

Joseph O'Brien is not expecting any fireworks from Declaration Of War as he makes his Irish debut in the Refuse To Bend Solonaway Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

The American-bred three-year-old was unbeaten in two juvenile starts when trained by Jean-Claude Rouget in France, running out a most impressive eight-length winner on his final appearance in an all-weather race at Deauville in December.

He makes his first start for Aidan O'Brien in Group Three company this weekend and the trainer's son takes the ride.

He said: "He seems OK but he hasn't run in a long time and we haven't killed him at home.

"We didn't have him in the early part of the year and he is still an inexperienced horse having only run twice in his life, so we'll just have to see what happens. It's a very hot race and if our horse can run well and improve from it we'll be happy."

Declaration Of War will certainly be given a thorough examination, with Dermot Weld's 19-time winner Famous Name heading the opposition.

The Jim Bolger-trained Lady Wingshot is on a hat-trick, David O'Meara's Penitent travels from Britain and One Spirit and Piri Wango are both last-time-out winners.

Piri Wango's trainer Ger Lyons would be satisfied if his charge can be placed as he takes a big jump in class from a Leopardstown handicap.

"He's a horse I love. He's rated 103 and I did have him in the handicap at Leopardstown on Saturday," said Lyons.

"I took the view that there would be nothing lost in running second to Famous Name - he's an ATM machine.

"The handicap could have been a more competitive race and he would have had to carry 9st 11lb. I felt with eight or nine runners at the Curragh he could be Group-placed and still be on the road I want to be on with this horse. I felt I would rather go there rather than for a 20-runner handicap and have no luck."