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Monday 11 December 2017

Sheikh sends a horse to Willie

Agnes Stewart. Picture: Patrick McCann/RACING POST
Agnes Stewart. Picture: Patrick McCann/RACING POST

POWERHOUSE owner Sheikh Fahad is set to enjoy a first taste of Irish National Hunt racing after sending a horse to champion trainer Willie Mullins.

Sheikh Fahad has enjoyed huge success in recent seasons on the Flat, with the likes of Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden, the globetrotting Side Glance and Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Just The Judge among those to have done well racing under the Pearl Bloodstock and Qatar Racing banners.

The owner's only previous foray into jumps racing was with the Charlie Longsdon-trained Vulcanite, now owned by JP McManus. Sheikh Fahad's racing manager, David Redvers, said: "We've sent him (Mullins) a store horse, who is as yet unnamed."

Asked whether the move meant the owner was likely to become more heavily involved in National Hunt racing, Redvers said: "Absolutely not. It's just a bit of fun."

Eddie Lynam believes Agnes Stewart (pictured) could be a "bit special" following a scintillating debut at Fairyhouse last week.

The two-year-old daughter of Lawman was a 22-1 shot for her racecourse introduction, but displayed potent acceleration to score by almost four lengths over seven furlongs.

Lynam is in no rush to step his filly up to Pattern class, with a Curragh conditions race pencilled in for her next start. "Her next target will be the Loder Fillies Race in August," he said.

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