Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 18 January 2018

Archer takes aim at Tower

The famous maroon and white silks of Sheikh Mohammed are a rare sight these days, but they will be carried with distinction by Fred Archer in the Go And Go Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

The Iffraaj colt, who is named after the former champion jockey of the 19th century, made an eyecatching winning debut at Leopardstown.

Trainer David Marnane is honoured to have two horses in training for the Sheikh, the other being Showboating, and hopes Fred Archer can do himself justice at the weekend.

"He did everything right and he was very professional at Leopardstown," said Marnane.

"We are dropping him back one furlong, but he is from a speedy family and I'm hoping he runs a nice race. He would only run if the ground was good or better.

"Iffraaj went on soft but I just fancy this fellow wants it better. He's a good-quality colt and a lot of Iffraaj horses improve for their first run. He needs to improve, but we think the improvement is there.

"We got this one, who won first time, and a Shamardal colt (Showboating) who ran a nice race on debut.

"It's an honour to have them and it's great to be going to the Curragh with one on only his second run."

Among the opposition could be Jim Bolger's highly-regarded Glor Na Mara, second in the Phoenix Stakes and Futurity Stakes, and the Richard Hannon-trained Big Issue.

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