Friday 19 January 2018

Willie Mullins hopes he'll be feeling Flat with duo

Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins sends two runners to Doncaster tomorrow for the Group Two Socialites E-Cigarettes Expert Doncaster Cup.

Galway Festival winner Clondaw Warrior will look to bounce back from his run in the Ebor at York when he was sent off favourite but finished 12th on that occasion while Mullins also runs Simenon in the race.

Frankie Dettori will again partner Clondaw Warrior, while James Doyle rides Simenon who is given another chance to shine on the level before a possible return to jumping.

Sabrina Harty also sends over Kalann for the race in which he ran an absolute blinder to finish third 12 months ago and if any of the Irish trio can account for Mark Prescott's Pallasator they should be in with a good chance of landing the spoils.

In total, there are eight Irish-trained horses in action on the third day of the St Leger Festival at Doncaster and two of them are in the Group Two Fly Aer Lingus From Doncaster Sheffield Flying Childers Stakes.

Two-time winner Bear Cheek will continue his progression up the ranks when his unbeaten record goes on the line for trainer Ger Lyons.

A winner at Naas on debut and then in Group Three company at the Curragh last time, it will be interesting to see how he fares out against Prix Morny runner-up Gutaifan, who is already a three-time winner, including a Group Two.

Bear Cheek will be meeting David Wachman's Independence Day again. When the pair met last time, Wachman's charge finished a length and a half behind Bear Cheek at the Curragh.

Two Irish-trained runners will also take their chance in the Group Two May Hill Stakes. Jim Bolger sends over Turret Rocks, who was three lengths adrift of Group One-bound Ballydoyle last time out, while Eddie Lynam has the maiden Midnight Crossing.

Harty's Ned's Indian is the other Irish challenger as he lines up in the concluding Park Hill Private Hospital with Leigh Roche also taking the ride on the seven-year-old.

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