Saturday 16 December 2017

Aidan O'Brien considers Curragh comeback for US Army Ranger

US Army Ranger
US Army Ranger

Derby runner-up US Army Ranger is close to a return to action, with the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh under consideration.

The Galileo colt has not been sighted since he got to within a length and a half of Harzand at Epsom, but pleased his trainer Aidan O'Brien in a canter after racing at Leopardstown on Thursday night.

He could now drop back down in class and in trip for the Group Three Royal Whip on August 21.

O'Brien said: "US Army Ranger is getting ready to come back.

"We've been very happy with him. He had a break and is just back in.

"We could look at the Curragh with him - maybe the Royal Whip."

Star filly Found is also in contention for the same race after she, too, engaged in a light breeze at Leopardstown.

The four-year-old daughter of Galileo is a dual scorer at the highest level but has finished second on her last three starts, most recently in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Ballydoyle handler said: "Found just did a canter.

"We're very happy with her and we'll have a look at something like the Royal Whip or maybe the fillies' race at the Curragh (Snow Fairy Stakes, August 28)."

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