Old Glory out to follow up smooth debut win in Dundalk Listed event
A year on from making €1.6million at Goffs Yearling Sales, Old Glory, a son of Frankel, is out to build on his debut win at Naas last month when he faces five rivals in the Listed Star Appeal Stakes (7.30 Dundalk).
The 7f event is named after the 1975 Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe winner, who began his career with John Oxx and won at Dundalk in its pre-Polytrack days three years earlier.
Old Glory carries the colours of New Jersey-based Zayat Stables LLC, who own the colt in partnership with the Coolmore trio of Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor.
The colt won under hands and heels riding from Donnacha O'Brien over this trip at Naas and trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "Old Glory won nicely at Naas and, although we haven't done a lot with him since, we think and hope he has come on from the run."
Old Glory's rivals include maiden winners Inverleigh, who ran second in a Listed event at Fairyhouse on his second start and who will be tackling the trip for the first time, and Klute, who finished last of six in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh in August.
No Needs Never, a maiden winner over the distance at Down Royal before finishing fourth of 22 over a slightly shorter trip at Doncaster last month, represents Joseph O'Brien while the Jack Davison-trained Black Magic Woman and two-race maiden Harriet's Force make up the field.
Surrounding expected to go close
A three-time winner, Surrounding finished well when third in a premier handicap over the same trip at Leopardstown on Irish Champions weekend last month and Halford reports Ronan Whelan's mount, who is dropping in class, is in fine form.
Halford said: "She ran a cracking race at Leopardstown last time and she's been working well. She's run well on the Polytrack in the past and although 10st is a lot of weight, she's a big strong filly and should be able to carry it.
"She's in fine form and, with any luck, she should run a big race."
Tara set to extend Mullins streak
Sixth in the Guinness Galway Hurdle on her most recent start, Good Thyne Tara will be bidding to give Willie Mullins a fourth consecutive win in the 2m2f Pat Walsh Memorial Mares Hurdle (3.40 Gowran Park).
Mullins was successful with Daisy's Gift in 2015, Airlie Beach in 2016 and Mystic Theatre a year ago.
All three of the eight-year-old's wins over hurdles have been achieved by wide margins and Paul Townend's mount has proved herself versatile when it comes to the ground and trip.
Mullins said: "She's in good form and the race conditions suit her well. The ground won't be a problem and we're looking forward to a big run."
Good Thyne Tara faces five rivals headed by the Gordon Elliott-trained Make My Heart Fly, who is on a five-timer following three wins at Perth and one at Sedgefield in recent months.
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