Come on, my little Beauty
Dermot Weld, who is fresh from his Irish 1000 Guineas win with Bethrath, can add to that succes in the Seamus and Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Bag Stakes, a listed race at Leopardstown tomorrow.
Weld, who has won this race three times in the past eight years, runs Profound Beauty, who was fourth in last year’s Irish St Leger, and comes up against Aidan O’Brien’s Age of Aquarius, who finished second in the Ormonde Stakes at Chester.
Age Of Aquarius is a best-priced 8-1 for the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and O’Brien said he hoped that tomorrow’s run will put him right for that. Profound Beauty, however, ran well at the Curragh in the final classic of last season with Pat Smullen in the saddle and would appear the one to beat as the mare is Weld’s preferred runner. He had also entered Rite Of Passage, his main bumper horse at the Cheltenham Festival.
Weld, who last won this race with Ulster Derby hero Media Puzzle, said he wanted to wait until the last minute before deciding, as Profound Beauty prefers the current state of ground.
Apart from Age of Aquarius, John Oxx features with Haralan, who will be ridden by jock-inform Fran Berry. The other big race is the Ballycorus Stakes, over seven furlongs, which sees the Edward Lynam-trained Duff returning to his best distance, having won this race last year.
He was beaten by less than five lengths in fourth behind Famous Name in the Group Three Ametyhst Stakes on his seasonal debut.
“He would have needed that run and this will be more to his liking, but he has to give a lot of weight,” said Lynam.
“I can understand that, but I don’t see why a horse has to carry 10st in a Group Three.
“But he has to, and he will because he is an honest horse and will give 100 per cent for sure.”
At Navan today, Johnny Murtagh is in action on Lynam’s Iron Major in the Tom Malone Handicap over six furlongs, while Joanne Morgan has a big chance with Fairy Flow in the Apprentice Handicap.
O’Brien is in action with Bridge Mountain in the Tote Trifecta Rollover Handicap while Weld may be the one to watch in the Irish Stallion Fillies Maiden with Atyaab.
Meanwhile, Monaghan trainer Oliver Brady was on the mark again at Down Royal last night when the 7-1 chance Duroob won the Data Select Handicap Hurdle.
Brady said: “Duroob will run at the Galway Festival in July and he will not let us down.
“I’m not one of the big names but I’m the man you can depend on.”
Earlier in the day, Dessie Hughes-trained Saponara had recovered from a bad blunder three hurdles from home to win the Barclay Telecom Services Hurdle.
It was jockey Paddy Kennedy’s 11th win of his career and it was his second of the season.
Wicklow jockey Francis Lawlor was taken to hospital after falling on Hammer It Home in the third race, a handicap hurdle. He had head injuries and a broken jaw.
Hammer It Home is trained by Francis Flood, also of Wicklow.