Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Pulse rated highly by Harrington

Dragon Pulse

Jessica Harrington will head into the winter dreaming of Classic glory with Dragon Pulse after deciding against running her exciting juvenile in Saturday's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

The Group One on Town Moor had been under consideration for the Kyllachy colt, who beat subsequent Dewhurst winner Parish Hall in the Futurity Stakes before getting to within half a length of Power in the National Stakes. But Harrington has decided it is time to draw stumps with her youngster, and is hopeful he can develop into a realistic Guineas contender.

"We decided against going to Doncaster, but he's absolutely fine," said Harrington.

"We just thought it was getting late enough in the year, so he'll go for his winter break now and we can spend the winter dreaming.

"You'd have to say his form is very good. He's beaten Parish Hall and just got beaten by Power, so you'd like to think he could be a Guineas horse. He's not entered at Newmarket - he's only in the Irish Guineas - but we'll see how he goes after his break and go from there."

One of the other stars of Harrington's Flat season has been Bible Belt.

The filly won three times in succession during the summer and while disappointing when favourite for the Blandford Stakes, she ran a screamer to chase home Dancing Rain in last Saturday's Qipco British Champions Fillies' And Mares' Stakes.

"I was absolutely delighted with her. She is a really good filly on good ground, but she just can't handle it when it's soft," Harrington added.

"I don't think she'll get into a race in Japan, but I think she'll go to Hong Kong."

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