Skardu

William Haggas is set to run his Qipco 2,000 Guineas third Skardu, in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh, on Saturday week.

The colt won a Newmarket maiden last autumn and stepped up on that run to land the Group Three Craven Stakes in April.

He then ran a cracking race to finish third to Magna Grecia in the colt’s Classic, also on the Rowley Mile.

Now Haggas is looking to give the son of Shamardal a second crack at Classic glory, providing the ground is not soft in Ireland.

He said: The plan is to leave him in the Irish 2000 Guineas.

“He worked very well yesterday and we are going to confirm on Monday and then take it from there.

“He doesn’t want soft ground. That would be the deciding factor, providing he stays fit and well next week.

“The Guineas didn’t leave a mark on him and he seems in great form.”