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Friday 22 September 2017

Rite signs looking good

DERMOT Weld reports Rite Of Passage to be showing the right signs ahead of his bid to reclaim the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

A 20/1 winner of the Group One marathon in 2010, the son of Giant's Causeway was forced to miss out on a repeat mission last summer after suffering a setback.

"I'm glad to say it's good news with him. He's back in light exercise and he'll be prepared for the Gold Cup again," Weld said.

"He'll reappear in the Saval Beg, all being well.

"I'm very positive about him. I'm very happy with his progress and late spring will be when you'll see him.

"You won't see him this year over jumps. In the coming year certainly his first major target will be to try to win the Ascot Gold Cup again."

Weld is looking forward to campaigning Emulous overseas next season after the filly got off the mark at the highest level in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown in September.

"She deserved to win her Group One and the good news is we look forward to having her in training next year," he said. "She's been progressive, we've campaigned her carefully, it will be interesting to see how she gets on."

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