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Gardens needs rain

Published 09/06/2015

Iveagh Gardens (right)
Iveagh Gardens (right)

Charles O'Brien is thinking of giving Iveagh Gardens a midsummer holiday and bring her back when there is a better chance of soft ground in the autumn.

The four-year-old filly, owned by JP McManus, showed her appreciation for plenty of ease in the ground when causing a 25-1 surprise in the Athasi Stakes at the Curragh five weeks ago.

Found, who was runner-up in that Group Three contest, gave the form a boost when finishing second to Pleascach in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

O'Brien gave Iveagh Gardens several entries in the hope of the weather being favourable.

However, the County Kildare handler took her out of last weekend's Ballyogan Stakes and has ruled her out of the Glencairn Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday.

Should the rains come, then Iveagh Gardens has the option of the Ballycorus Stakes, also at Leopardstown, on Thursday week.

The other early-closing entry she has is in the Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse on July 5.

"It's very weather dependent. She obviously needs a good cut in the ground and, with the weather at the minute, I think she might be heading for her summer holidays," said O'Brien.

"There's no chance of her running on Thursday and she's also in the following Thursday as well.

"There's a bit of a break in the weather coming but I'm not sure if it's going to be enough.

"She's in good form and ready to run when needed, but I don't know whether there's much point keeping her race fit all way through the summer in the hope of a break in the weather.

"We might be better off giving her a month eating grass and bringing her back for the autumn."

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