casamento in for beresford
On Sunday the Curragh will host its second-last meeting of the season for 2010 and Sheikh Mohammed has ensured that there will be plenty to look forward to as he has agreed to supplement his Michael Halford trained colt Casamento for the weekend's feature race.
Casamento was a gallant runner-up last time out also at the Curragh when going down in a brave and thrilling battle with Jessica Harrington's Breeders Cup-bound Pathfork in the National Stakes.
Halford took the plunge in stepping up his star two-year-old from maiden to Group One company and it almost paid off for the Kildangan-based handler who will now tackle Sunday's Group Two Beresford Stakes after a satisfactory piece of work on the Curragh yesterday morning.
"He's been in great form since his run in the National Stakes," Halford admitted. "He worked well this morning so we decided to supplement him. This could possibly be his last race of the season.
"It would be a decision we'd make after Sunday. We're very pleased with him, but we'll take one race at a time," Halford confirmed.
Casamento is one of 15 that can still contest on Sunday and also among the field are Blenheim Stakes winner Longhunter and Aidan O'Brien's 107-rated juvenile Samuel Morse who has been competing at a very high level this season.
O'Brien won the race 12 months ago with St Nicholas Abbey and, including the aforementioned Samuel Morse, he is responsible for eight of the runners.
There are 20 entries at the five-day stage of the Group Three CL Weld Park Stakes with seven of them coming from the UK.
David Wachman's Chrysanthemum and Aidan O'Brien's Look At Me are the only two unbeaten fillies in the race after both made winning debut's.
The prestigious Hacketts Bookmakers Irish Cesarewitch as always looks like a punters' nightmare.
Ballydoyle's Clearwater Bay would appear set to carry top weight in a race that also hosts eye-catching entries, such as Donnas Palm, Dream Champion and Majestic Concorde from the jumping ranks, while The Bull Hayes could return from a 113-day lay-off for the in-form Jessica Harrington.