Saturday 20 January 2018

Harty sets Tipperary target for 'classy' Captain Cee Bee

Thomas Kelly

FORMER Cheltenham winner Captain Cee Bee is set for a trip to Tipperary later this month after bouncing back to winning form at the Curragh.

A Grade One scorer over hurdles and fences, Captain Cee Bee was winning on the level for the first time since 2007.

Eddie Harty's 11-year-old -- winner of the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham back in 2008 -- will now try to repeat his triumph of last year in the Grade Two Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle on July 22.

"Class is permanent -- he is something else," said the Co Kildare trainer. "He'll probably go back hurdling now and we will look at the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle next."

Meanwhile, Elyaadi is starting a new life as a broodmare after the John Queally-trained mare ended her career with two runs in five days at Royal Ascot.

The eight-year-old, which has been officially retired to the paddocks, is in foal to Peintre Celebre, winner of the 1997 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. "She's retired now, she's in foal and gone back home to the stud," said the Co Waterford-based handler.

"She'll be hard to replace. Hopefully we'll get some of her offspring one day."

A winner on the Flat and over hurdles, the ever-consistent Elyaadi was also second in last year's Queen Alexandra Stakes at Ascot.

As the unseasonal weather continues to hit ground conditions on both sides of the Irish Sea, officials at Perth have called a precautionary inspection for 8.0 this morning ahead of tomorrow's meeting.

Last night's Flat meeting at Ffos Las had to be abandoned due to a waterlogged track. Course officials at the Welsh circuit were resigned to their fate following a hastily-arranged 2.45 inspection.

Ten millimetres of overnight rainfall had been exacerbated by incessant downpours throughout the morning.

Clerk of the course Tim Long said: "It's always frustrating to lose a meeting but we had no other option."

Irish Independent

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