Stack hopeful for Approval bid
Trainer Fozzy Stack is hoping for rain ahead of Cape Of Approval's hat-trick bid in the Abergwaun Stakes at Tipperary.
A three-times winner as a three-year-old last season, the son of Cape Cross has taken his game to another level in recent months, securing back-to-back victories at Cork, most recently beating the high-class Maarek in the Listed Midsummer Sprint.
He has to give weight to 11 opponents on Friday evening, but Stack, assistant trainer for his father Tommy, is confident he will be up to the task.
Stack said: "He's in good order, we've been happy with him since his last run and hopefully he'll run a big race.
"They are giving a bit of rain overnight, so let's see what happens.
"There is no plan for him, that will be down to the weather. He'll go wherever the ground is soft."
The Stack team are represented in the same five-furlong contest by Scream Blue Murder, who is fitted with headgear for the first time.
"We're going to put the blinkers on her to try and sharpen her up a bit. She worked well in them the other day. Hopefully she'll run OK," said Stack.
Another trainer hoping for an ease in conditions is David Marnane, who saddles the consistent Red Dubawi.
The five-year-old was not disgraced when fourth behind multiple Group One-winning mare Sea Siren in the Listed Belgrave Stakes at Fairyhouse last time.
Marnane said: "We're looking for a bit of ease in the ground for him, really. There is a bit of rain forecast, so we'll see how we go.
"He ran nicely the last day and has shown up well every time this year, but he is a horse who is much better on very soft ground.
"We'll keep tipping away with him as he's a big, stuffy horse who needs runs."
Other notable runners in the Abergwaun include Mick Halford's Russian Soul and the Eddie Lynam-trained Boston Rocker.