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Dawson's Abs to be tested at Curragh

ABSTRACTION is to wait for the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh after being taken out of tomorrow's Betfred Beverley Bullet at the final declaration stage.

Connections have opted to run their four-year-old colt in the Group Three over the minimum trip at the Kildare venue on September 14 rather than travel to the East Yorkshire venue for their Listed feature this weekend.

Trainer Sarah Dawson wants to give Abstraction just one run ahead of a tilt at the Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp on October 5.

"We're not going to run on Saturday. He'll go straight to the Curragh and then hopefully the Abbaye," said the County Down handler.


"He's absolutely great. All's good and we're just keeping everything crossed."

Abstraction was fifth in the Flying Five last season before spending the winter in Dubai and then making a pleasing return after a near six-month absence when runner-up to Sir Maximilian in the Abergwaun Stakes at Tipperary three weeks ago.

TOP trainers Jonjo O'Neill, Willie Mullins and Donald McCain have given the thumbs-up to Bangor's initiative to hold a schooling raceday in the autumn.

The North Wales track's first meeting of this type on October 21 will provide both hurdles and bumper contests over two miles run on the course's inside track.

A regular feature in Ireland, schooling races have been independently run at courses such as Tipperary and Fairyhouse.

Mullins said: "Schooling days are a great success in Ireland and I find them to be a great way for horses to gain experience and bring them on.

"I have taken many talented horses to schooling days in the past and I'm sure they will do well at Bangor."

O'Neill, a regular visitor to Bangor, said: "I think the idea of schooling races at Bangor is a great idea and gives young horses the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a racecourse environment, something they can't gain whilst schooling at home.

"I hope this initiative will be well supported and certainly hope to send some from Jackdaws Castle this October."