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Horse Racing - Racing: Weld believes Song is in tune

Exactly 40 years after he first won the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas with the Wally Swinburn-ridden Prince's Polly, Dermot Weld is out to win it for a fifth time with Homeless Songs at the Curragh on Sunday.

The daughter of Frankel is 7/2 and comes fresh to the race having bypassed a crack at the French 1,000 Guineas last weekend to wait for this.

Weld has a formidable record

Weld's roll of honour in the fillies classic does not match that of Vincent or Aidan O'Brien, but is very respectable with Trusted Partner (1988), Nightime (2006) and, most recently, Bethrah (2010) on the trophy.

Homeless Songs had been made favourite for the Longchamp classic a week ago on the strength of her comeback win in the Group 3 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown in April, but was not right in the run-up to the race.

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As a juvenile. Homeless Songs ran out the winner on her debut over 7f at Leopardstown in July before running a respectable fifth of eight behind the classy Discoveries in the Group Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September.

After a modest effort at the backend, Homeless Songs was put away with her three-year old campaign in mind and she has already bagged some crucial black type after her comeback win.

Weld expects an open contest

Weld said: "Everything is well with Homeless Songs and she takes her chance in what I think is an excellent renewal of the race.

"We're satisfied that we have her in good shape for this, but in my opinion it's a very open race. I think the ground should be nice on Sunday."

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