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Tate outlines plans for Invincible Strike future

By Richard Forristal

English trainer James Tate is considering launching a raid on Leopardstown this Saturday with his juvenile Invincible Strike.

Having won first time out at Hamilton at the end of August, the Invincible Spirit colt was then narrowly beaten by smart filly Stars Above Me, to whom he was conceding over a stone, in a Leicester conditions event.

While Newbury's Horris Hill Stakes in an option, Tate is hoping the rain abates so that he can send him to the JRA Killavullan Stakes at the Foxrock track.

"It would be rare to get better ground in Ireland than in England, but there is a chance that could happen, which is why we gave him the Leopardstown entry," said Tate. "I think he deserves a crack at a Group race and he's been crying out for the step up."

Invincible Strike is one of 12 preliminary entries for the Group Three contest, with three unbeaten colts in the mix. Ger Lyons' Obliterator is a half-brother to Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Just The Judge and looked to have loads of potential when winning at the Curragh last month.

Dermot Weld's filly Lanyard could hardly have been more impressive on her sole start at Listowel, while John Joseph Murphy's Davids Park rounds off those without a blemish on their records.

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