Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Sarah ready to rock at Curragh

Big chance: Sarah Dawson is optimistic about Abstraction's hopes

Sarah Dawson has a good idea Abstraction can make a major impact in the €100,000 Rockingham Handicap at the Curragh this weekend.

The Banbridge trainer has had winners at the Galway Festival but admits the Rockingham on Sunday is her biggest challenge to date.

"This will be the biggest ever race for our yard," said Dawson.

"I wouldn't mind these kind of races coming along more often.

"Of course in a race of this stature the opposition is going to be of the highest quality."

Dawson feels English raider Dutch Masterpiece, trained in Sussex by Gary Moore, will be hard to beat.

"Dutch Masterpiece is a good horse but the likes of Dermot Weld and Mick Halford also have quality runners in the race.

"But Abstraction has at least an each way chance and I would be even more confident if he hadn't suffered a few coughs since coming to us last year. That slowed our progress a little bit but he's fit and well now.

"He's a good little horse and I'm really looking forward to the race.

"If all goes well we would hope to have him back at the Curragh next month.

"After that he may race further afield," said Dawson, who will as usual have runners at the Galway Festival, which starts on Monday week.

"Galway has always been lucky for us and we will have a few runners in the handicaps," she added.

There is further Ulster interest in the Rockingham, Caledon trainer Andy Oliver having entered Seal Rock.

The big race at the Curragh tomorrow is the Irish Oaks, with Lady Cecil's Ribblesdale Stakes star Riposte strongly fancied having been supplemented at the start of this week.

Meanwhile, connections of Sky Lantern were unsuccessful yesterday in their appeal against the result of the Falmouth Stakes, with Elusive Kate confirmed as the winner.

Sky Lantern, under Richard Hughes, was carried across the track as Elusive Kate hung left in the hands of William Buick at Newmarket last Friday.

A lengthy stewards' inquiry ensued but the placings remained unaltered, although Buick was suspended for three days for careless riding.

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