WATCH: Ballingarry trainer Richard O'Brien on his Irish 1,000 Guineas Classic dream

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella


LIMERICK-based racehorse trainer Richard O'Brien is eyeing a shot at the Irish 1,000 Guineas with his exciting filly Dean Street Doll.

Dean Street Doll, a recent winner at Limerick Racecourse, will take her chances in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial (Group 3) over a mile at Leopardstown this Sunday, with the filly also having an entry in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas itself at the Curragh Racecourse later this month.

Dean Street Doll ran out an eye-catching winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at Limerick last month for her Ballingarry handler O'Brien.

Winning jockey Colin Keane brought the 16-1 shot, on seasonal debut and her second racecourse appearance, from off the pace for a three-quarter-length victory from favourite Silk Forest.

Dean Street Doll carries the colours of English owner Clive Washbourn.

Richard O'Brien told the Limerick Leader: "It was great for Dean Street Doll to win at Limerick the last day. It was lovely to get it there. We celebrated that evening.

"You know, it is something that over the last few months I thought I need to enjoy these winners a little bit more because you get caught up in driving the whole thing forward and you can forget to enjoy it. 

"She is an exciting filly, a lovely filly yo look forward to. She is going to run in a Guineas trial this Sunday and we will see then if she is ready and able to compete with that calibre of filly and if so we will continue on that line.

"It wouldn't be a massive surprise if we needed to slow things down for her. We will have a look next Sunday and take it from there.

"Colin Keane, who rode her the last day, was quite pleased with her and I put it to him immediately after the race where next and he said to have a look at her in a Guineas trial. He knows what a good one looks and feels like, so we will defer to him at the moment."