Friday 24 November 2017

Think poised for Dubai World Cup

SO YOU THINK is set to be entered for the Dubai World Cup in March.

The Australian import won three Group Ones last term, including the Coral Eclipse, as well as finishing second in the Champion Stakes.

His last four races all came in different countries, with Ireland, England, France and America on his itinerary, but he met with defeat in the Arc and the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien's wife, Annemarie, tweeted: "He will be entered for the race but obviously no decision will be made until nearer the time."

Rock fit after comeback

China Rock has been given a clean bill of health following his fine comeback run at Punchestown on Saturday.

Mouse Morris' nine-year-old made his comeback over hurdles, tackling a trip short of his best as well as unsuitably soft ground.

He will be seen next in the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on February 12.

Morris said: "He's sound as a pound. He ran an absolute cracker, I couldn't be more pleased with him. I thought he was getting a second wind and coming to win it.

"To say the ground was horrible and the trip was too short, it was a great run and showed he's still got it. He'll run in the Irish Hennessy next and then we'll see how good he is."

Minsk has high targets

Dessie Hughes would not be afraid of starting off the hurdling career of Minsk in the highest company.

A high-profile recruit out of John Oxx's stable, Minsk won the Irish Cesarewitch in October in good fashion before having his attentions switched to the winter game.

Hughes decided to give him a break after his exertions on the level, but is keen to get him started soon, with the spring festivals fast approaching.

"We schooled him before we gave him a break when he was fit and he took to the hurdles very well so we were happy with that," said the Kildare handler.

"He might run in the Grade One, the Spring Hurdle at Leopardstown (February 12), or the Winning Fair (Fairyhouse, February 25). I'd love to get two runs into him."

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