Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Derrinstown target for Dibayani

Dibayani
Dibayani

Dibayani is set to tackle the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial following his pleasing return to action at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Mick Halford's Shamardal colt showed some smart form at Listed level during his juvenile year and made his seasonal return in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial.

While the required finishing kick was lacking in the testing conditions, Halford is looking forward to seeing his charge step up to a mile and a quarter in the Derrinstown on May 12.

Halford said: "I was happy with him for his first run back. It was a true-run race in very tough conditions. He seems to have come out of it well, he should improve for it and the plan now would be to step him up to a mile and a quarter in the Derrinstown."

Dibayani does not currently hold entries in either the Irish Derby or the Investec Derby at Epsom, but could be supplemented for either if connections feel it is right after his trial run.

"On breeding he could get a mile and a half. He's a half-brother to Dirar, who won the Ebor over a mile and three-quarters and his dam (Dibiya) also won over a mile and three-quarters," said Halford.

"We'll see how he gets on in the Derrinstown and make a plan from there."

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