ANAMOINE DUO HEAD TO KILLARNEY - 15TH MAY 2018

ELEGANT POSE battles to the line to bring up a treble on the card at Naas 15th October 2017

Firstly, it is with regret that I have to announce I will no longer be training for Qatar Racing as from yesterday. We have had some good times and I was delighted to have trained Sheikh Fahad his first ever winner with WADE GILES. Another fantastic day was when we won the Cheveley Park Stks with LIGHTENING PEARL giving us both our first ever GR1 win. Time waits for no man and last Monday was another great thrill when we won the GR3 Athasi Stks at Naas with Lightening Pearl's daughter LIGHTENING QUICK making her a very valuable broodmare prospect. I wish her, Sheikh Fahad and all the Qatar Racing team all the very best in the future and thank them for their fantastic support over the years.

Meanwhile we head down to Killarney tonight with two runners on ground they are calling yielding. Things are finally drying up all around the country and that can only be a good thing. I’ve declared two to run in the first two races and they coincidentally happen to be by the same sire and owned by the same owner.

ELYSIAN PLAINS ran much better than we expected on debut at Navan in what looked a competitive maiden which had some good pedigrees in it. I took the view that I’d try, if possible to run him in a median auction in an effort to try miss some of the real blue bloods, that doesn’t mean you won’t bump into a good horse anyway. My lad has come out of his race well and without doing any serious work since I thought that this was a good opportunity for him. Any improvement on the last day should give him a good chance and a win would justify our longest trip away from home on the circuit.

The fillies median auction winners race has attracted seven runners and I’ve chosen to start ESPERE here. As she hasn’t run she receives 3lbs and a further 6lbs off any winners of which there are three. So the three winners have to concede 9lbs to her and that’s a lot of weight if she’s any good! I think that she is ready to start but 8f will be sharp enough for her and she should improve once we step her up in trip after this. I don’t think I’ve ever given one its debut this far away from home before so it will be a long day for her and hopefully she handles the experience well.

HGD

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