Sunday 17 December 2017

Unbeaten Pathfork forced to miss Breeders' Cup bid

Jessica Harrington's unbeaten juvenile Pathfork has been ruled out of next month's Breeders' Cup meeting after suffering a minor setback.

The American-bred colt took his record to three wins from three starts with victory in the National Stakes at the Curragh last time, and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile was due to be his next assignment.

"He's had a bit of a setback and he just wouldn't go to the Breeders' Cup ready enough -- you need to be 110 per cent," said Harrington. "We said all along that he needed not to miss anything. He worked last Friday and everything was fine but we weren't quite happy with him on Monday.

"We just had to back off him and we've taken a view that we can't go having missed working him this week, which he needed to do.

"You can't go over there just hoping that he'll be all right, so we'll let him down now and get him sorted out.

"It's disappointing for the owners and I feel sorry for them, but that's horses for you."

Eddie Harty has yet to formulate a plan for the coming season for his Grade One-winning chaser Captain Cee Bee.

Sent off 5-2 favourite for the Arkle in March, the JP McManus-owned gelding could fare no better than eighth after breaking a blood vessel.

He made up for that disappointment, however, when winning the Ryanair Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival.

"We've not got a plan as yet, we hope to get him out towards the end of the month," said Harty.


"He's in great form, has come back from his break looking well and it's fingers crossed for the season ahead.

"The ground as it is at the moment would be perfect for him, but you have to take what is thrown at you. I don't think the deeper ground is as much of an issue now as it was when he was a younger horse.

"He's been working away now for the past six weeks and he looks a picture. I don't know if we'd go for the Fortria or a race at Naas at the end of this month (Poplar Square Chase, October 30), but nothing is cast in stone at this stage."

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