Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Marnane weighs up options

David Marnane is favouring the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot for Bangalore Gold rather than the Hunt Cup.

The County Tipperary trainer already has a leading fancy for the big mile handicap in Dandy Boy following his win in the Victoria Cup at the Berkshire course.

Bangalore Gold then booked his ticket to the Royal meeting with a smooth success in a handicap at the Curragh.

Although that race was over a mile, Marnane believes the Buckingham could suit the Elusive City gelding better.

“I was delighted with his win. We were pleased with the way he did it at the Curragh and he's an improving horse,” said Marnane.

“We have two options for him — the Hunt Cup and the Buckingham. I am swaying towards the latter as I just feel would be the better option as a strongly-run seven would suit him perfectly.”

Marnane reports Dandy Boy to be working well ahead of the Hunt Cup, for which he is second-favourite at a top-priced 12-1.

“He has trained exceptionally well since he came back from Ascot. He did a piece of work on Saturday that was very good and it's all systems go for the Hunt Cup,” he went on.

“He's in great order and I'm hoping that he's come on a good bit from Ascot and we're looking forward to getting him back over there.”

Marnane has another Royal Ascot possible in Saturday's Navan winner Foot Perfect but she is set to bypass the Queen Mary Stakes and run nearer home instead at Naas next Monday.

“Things didn't go right for her the first day she ran. She got a bit fractious in the stalls, but I couldn't fault her run on Saturday,” Marnane added.

“We have two options — obviously the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot or more likely a Group Three in Naas next Monday.

“Hopefully she'll progress as we go along. She handled Navan so I think Naas will suit her.”

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