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Curragh ground key for Elusive

Published 21/06/2011

Elusive Pimpernel
Elusive Pimpernel

Ground conditions will decide whether Elusive Pimpernel will travel to the Curragh to contest Friday's Irish Daily Mail International Stakes.

John Dunlop's colt ran only twice as a three-year-old and while there was nothing wrong with his comeback third in the Earl Of Sefton Stakes after nearly a year off, he failed to build on that promising effort when only sixth behind Workforce at Sandown.

Patrick Cooper, racing manager for owner Christina Patino, who runs the colt under the Windflower Overseas Holdings name, feels conditions went against the four-year-old in Esher and he sees little point in running him on soft ground again later this week.

"The intention is to run at the moment, although I need to speak to Mr Dunlop again and it very much depends on the ground," said Cooper.

"He had most of last year off but we were happy with his comeback run at Newmarket and then he was unlucky at Sandown after the ground changed dramatically.

"The heavens opened and he just can't operate on that softer ground, which is why we'll be keeping an eye on it for later this week."

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