Monday 26 September 2016

Weld can strike with 'A Shin' at Leopardstown

Thomas Kelly

Published 04/08/2016 | 02:30

Trainer Dermot Weld Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Trainer Dermot Weld Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Fresh from combining to record an impressive success with Sea Swift at Sligo last night, Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen should be also among the winners at Leopardstown this evening.

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The pair couldn't have hoped for an easier winner as Sea Light galloped through the heavy ground and breezed 11 lengths clear of My Brother in the extended ten-furlong conditions event.

Their best chance of making the Foxrock venue's winner's enclosure comes in the last race of the night, which sees a quick reappearance for their Galway failure A Shin Kildare.

The son of Kitten's Joy was just touched off by Sweet Company in a maiden for amateur riders and Smullen's mount is taken to bounce back at the main expense of the Ger Lyons-trained Patriot.

Landing

The Rosewell House team will also have high hopes of landing the feature event, the Ballyroan Stakes, with Almela. This Aga Khan-owned filly has shown plenty of potential in her three outings to date, but she's likely to need the run as she hasn't been seen on the track since filling second behind Endless Time at Naas last October.

As a result, the vote goes to Aidan O'Brien's Bondi Beach which is a model of consistency and bids for a hat-trick on the back of facile victories at Limerick at Navan. Runner-up to Simple Verse in a controversial Doncaster St Leger last year, Seamie Heffernan's mount won on heavy ground when making a winning debut at this venue and while Jim Bolger's Stellar Mass receives a stone, Bondi Beach has the class to defy top weight.

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