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HEY GAMAN is set to skip Saturday’s Irish 2,000 Guineas with trainer James Tate eyeing up other options.

The three-year-old outran his 32-1 odds in the French Guineas on his last start, going down narrowly by a neck.

 Hey Gaman (middle) went down narrowly in the French Guineas

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Hey Gaman (middle) went down narrowly in the French Guineas

That was Hey Gaman’s first run over a mile and connections are now considering a rematch with Olmedo in the French Derby.

Hey Gaman also has the option of the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Tate said: “I wouldn’t have thought he’ll go to Ireland, but we’ll make a final decision on Tuesday when we have to confirm.

“We just thought he got outspeeded a bit, The O’Brien horse (US Navy Flag) went hard early and then stacked them up and the French horses came at him with a customary turn of foot.


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“We had a good battle with the third horse (Dice Roll), but the winner came flying down the outside.

“That was his first run over a mile but looking at that, we’d have to consider the French Derby along with the St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot.

“What he doesn’t want is really fast ground. If it was good to soft at Ascot that would be perfect, but we are tempted by the French Derby so we’ll just have to see.”

While Hey Gaman is likely to skip a trip to the Curragh, Mark Johnston’s Elarqam is firmly on track for the Irish Classic.

 Elarqam is set to line up at the Curragh

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Elarqam is set to line up at the Curragh

He was last seen finishing fourth behind Saxon Warrior in the English version.

Johnston said: “Elarqam should go to the Irish Guineas and all is great, couldn’t be better.

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