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Sunday 4 December 2016

Sabrina Harty praying for sun ahead of Doncaster tilt

Ansgar will be out to defend his crown in the Park Stakes
Ansgar will be out to defend his crown in the Park Stakes

Sabrina Harty is praying for drying conditions at Doncaster in the next week to allow stable stars Ansgar and Kalann to make the journey to Town Moor.

The County Kildare handler is hoping to see Ansgar defend his crown in the Park Stakes on on Saturday week, while Kalann is set for a second tilt at the previous afternoon's Doncaster Cup, having run a fantastic race to finish third at huge odds 12 months ago.

Both horses will cross the Irish Sea with something to prove as Ansgar was well-beaten on his return from a break at the Curragh recently and Kalann has not been seen since early June.

Harty said: "Hopefully they'll both go back to Doncaster. We just want some real good ground for both of them.

"Ansgar is in great order. He was just too fresh going to the Curragh last time and kicked himself a couple of times in the stalls. It was a bit of a disaster, but he's fine again now and doing well.

"It's been difficult with him as we wanted to run at Goodwood and travelled over, but then they had a lot of rain and we had to take him out. There's just no point running him if the ground isn't good to firm.

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"Kalann is crying out for a run, but he's had one or two little niggly problems and there's been no fast ground available.

"He's delicate enough, so we won't run him on ground that doesn't suit him.

"He seems in super order at the moment, so fingers crossed we get some fast ground at Doncaster."

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