Friday 30 September 2016

Weld insists Harzand on track for Derby double despite injury

Thomas Kelly

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

Harzand took his record for the year to three from three in beating US Army Ranger by a length and a half Picture Credit: AFP/Getty
Harzand took his record for the year to three from three in beating US Army Ranger by a length and a half Picture Credit: AFP/Getty

Dermot Weld is still aiming Investec Derby hero Harzand at the Dubai Duty Free-sponsored Irish equivalent despite revealing his stable star returned sore after his Epsom victory.

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Ridden by Pat Smullen, Harzand took his record for the year to three from three in beating US Army Ranger by a length and a half, and remains on track for the Curragh on June 25.

Weld explained: "Harzand was sore for a few days and had some antibiotics to make sure everything was all right. He was back in light exercise today, just a trot, and is sound and well in every way.

"We'll see how he is, but the Curragh is the logical progression as long as the ground is safe."

The Weld-Smullen axis continued their purple patch at Leopardstown last night when their Calumet Farm-owned Foxtrot Charlie (11/4) proved the highlight of a double by landing the featured Listed Coral.ie Glencairn Stakes over a mile.

Foxtrot Charlie, a son of English Channel, was produced to lead under a furlong out before staying on well to beat Tennessee Wildcat by a length.

Earlier, the in-form pair sprung a major suprise when debutant Currency Converter belied his 20/1 price in the seven-fulong juvenile maiden, in which he powered to the front at the furlong marker and saw off Drake Passage by two and a quarter lengths.

However, the Rosewell House pair were outdone by the Coolcullen combination of Jim Bolger and stable jockey Kevin Manning who completed a treble when Mandatario defied top-weight in the staying handicap.

The son of Manduro gave 10lbs and more away to his eight rivals but in the end stayed on resolutely to edge out Abraham by three-parts of a length.

Both men were earlier successful in two maidens with market leaders Oh Grace (5/4) and the well-bred An Cailin Orga (8/11), which increased her paddock value as she is a daugher of 1,000 Guineas heroine Finsceal Beo.

Young rider Sean Davis registered his second career success on John Larkin's Total Demolition (13/2) in the apprentice handicap, while Joseph O'Brien's flying start to his trainer career continued when No Biggie took the finale in the hands of sister Ana.

Meanwhile, Grand National-winning jockey David Mullins expects to be back in action in the three to four weeks once his broken collar bone has healed.

The 20-year-old had a plate inserted at St Vincent's Hospital yesterday morning. He suffered a broken collar bone and a collapsed lung in a fall at Ballinrobe over a week ago.

"I'll be back in three or four weeks from now, well before Galway," said Mullins. "I should be back as soon as the collar bone heals."

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