Old Pal's Act for Levins
Johnny Levins is aiming to have Your Pal Tal at his peak for the Bold Lad Sprint at the Curragh during Irish Champions weekend next month.
The Curragh handler was delighted with the five-year-old's run at his local track on Sunday when he was fifth to Captain Cullen over a trip further than ideal.
Levins now intends dropping Your Pal Tal back to his optimum distance of six furlongs at the same course later this month as part of his preparation for his big date on September 13.
If all goes to plan, the Dark Angel gelding could turn out quickly at Ayr the following Saturday.
"We are trying to get him ready for Irish Champions weekend and needed to get him out as he's been very fresh at home," said Levins.
"He ran that way. He dropped the bit, ran very fresh and that should have blown the cobwebs away.
"He's got one more target in two weeks' time dropping back to six furlongs at the Curragh again and then that should leave him peaking and spot on for the big handicap sprint on Champions weekend.
"It was over seven furlongs on Sunday but it was a journey close to home. It was almost like a bit of work for him. He was back in his box an hour after the race.
"We were very happy with him, so hopefully he'll acquit himself quite well in a couple of weeks time. That should leave him right for the Bold Lad Sprint.
"We'll have a go at that and then he'll go for the Ayr Gold Cup."