Thursday 27 October 2016

Collins hopes grass is greener for Captain Joy

Published 11/06/2015 | 02:30

Trainer Tracey Collins
Trainer Tracey Collins

Leading all-weather performer Captain Joy returns to action on grass in what looks an intriguing Glencairn Stakes at Leopardstown tonight.

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The grey has been an admirable servant to connections, with seven wins and many placings, including on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield, when he was third to Grey Mirage in the Mile.

"He has developed into a great horse for us and he ran a hell of a race when third on Good Friday (at Lingfield)," said trainer Tracey Collins, whose charge has yet to win on turf.

"He's had a break since and he hasn't run on the grass since last year. It won't be easy for him.

"Ultimately he won't be over-raced and he has developed into a real all-weather specialist and he has won plenty of money in Dundalk, so we'll see how he performs on the grass.

"He has improved again this year and he'll have the good ground that he needs to be seen at his best."

Fourth in the 2014 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, My Titania has her first start since July when she does battle for the fairer sex.

John Oxx's Sea The Stars four-year-old was found to have a chip in her knee after her close-up third in the Group Two Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh last summer and spent some time on the easy list afterwards.

Brendan Brackan and Tennessee Wildcat represent Ger Lyons, with Aidan O'Brien saddling War Envoy.

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