Parish back with a bang
Published 07/04/2013 | 18:56
Parish Hall set up the possibility of an intriguing early-season clash with Camelot after he successfully overcame a long absence in the Irish Open Alleged Stakes at the Curragh.
Not seen since winning the 2011 Dewhurst as a two-year-old, Parish Hall won in decisive fashion in the end and trainer Jim Bolger suggested he could return to the track early next month for the Mooresbridge Stakes.
That race has been suggested by Aidan O'Brien for last season's Guineas and Derby hero Camelot, while the pair could otherwise be matched together in the Tattersalls Gold Cup later on in May.
Parish Hall impressed paddock watchers and went off the 11-8 favourite on his first try over a mile and a quarter.
Rather wandering around on the track, he still had far too much class for the race-fit front-runner Inis Meain and came home a length and a half ahead.
"I've always had confidence in the horse but was a bit concerned about the ground and the fact that he had been off so long," said Bolger.
"He'll improve no end from that and it's onwards and upwards. We'll come back here for the Mooresbridge (on May 6) and then the Tattersalls Gold Cup (May 26). Then we'll have to travel.
"I'd say we'll be going up to a mile and a half with him during the season.
"We nearly lost him last year as he had a very bad infection in his near hind joint. It took a while to respond to the antibiotics. It then burst out and damaged his tendon behind. It's all repaired well now, but it was touch and go and we never found the source of the infection.
"He'll come on a lot as he's very idle at home and that's the first time he's seen a racecourse since October 2011."