Monday 24 October 2016

McConnell excited by his Game

Published 10/08/2015 | 18:23

Play The Game (far side) just loses out to Waipu Cove at Tipperary
Play The Game (far side) just loses out to Waipu Cove at Tipperary

Trainer John McConnell feels the future is bright for Play The Game after a tremendous effort from the front in last week's Canford Cliffs Stakes.

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An impressive winner on his debut at Leopardstown in late June, the Lawman colt set out to make all the running stepped up to Listed class at Tipperary and was only caught late in the day by the more experienced Waipu Cove from Ger Lyons' stable.

Play The Game was a clear second and is now set for a short break before tackling a mile next month.

McConnell said: "We were delighted with him. It was a very good run, up against some good opposition.

"It's always a bit gutting to get done late on like that, but the over-riding feeling was that we were very pleased.

"He's always shown us promise, but we wouldn't empty them at home and we leave a little bit for the track.

"The ground was quick when he won at Leopardstown and he seemed to handle that softer ground well the other night, so he seems pretty versatile.

"We don't have anything specific in mind. He'll probably be entered for what used to be the Golden Fleece Stakes in Leopardstown (Juvenile Turf Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend) and the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh. We might even look at races further afield.

"There's not a lot for him for the next couple of weeks, so we'll leave him off now and look forward to seeing him over a mile and taking a lead."

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