Sunday 25 February 2018

Lynam lines up Moyglare tilt for his in-demand filly Muirin

Trainer Eddie Lynam. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Eddie Lynam. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Eddie Lynam is conscious of the difficult task ahead but is hoping that the exciting Muirin can do herself justice in what is shaping up to be a vintage Moyglare on the Sunday after next.

With Jessica Harrington confirming Alpha Centauri as a certain runner in the Group One at the Curragh, and Aidan O'Brien likely to have a seriously strong team, this could be one of the classiest Moyglare editions ever run.

And, despite "numerous offers" to sell the Curragh maiden winner, her owner is happy to live the dream, Lynam says. The Born To Sea Filly won first-time out and the form has worked out nicely, with moderate third Punked - likely to be sold to race in the US - scoring easily since.

Lynam said: "Muirin is training well even if it is still somewhere between possible and probable: obviously it is a big step up. It is being given strong consideration.

"The Moyglare is one of three races being considered. I won the May Hill at Doncaster three years ago with Agnes Stewart, then there is the Moyglare and the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

"The way she is training and behaving, we are very much thinking of the Moyglare. We always liked her at home but only doing her half-speed and Wayne Lordan was very impressed when she worked away from home: she grows a leg when she goes elsewhere.

"It's rare of mine to win first time out - I usually manage to get them beaten, even Sole Power and Slade Power. You'd like her to step up to a Listed race first but the way she is training, it fits in.

"Aidan could run three or four and the only time I had a runner in the race before I finished second and had to shake his hand afterwards."

Preferred

O'Brien says Clemmie will likely run in the Moyglare - as long as the ground is not soft - in addition to two or three others potentially. Gustav Klimt is on course for a Vincent O'Brien National Stakes clash with Expert Eye, but he appeared to suggest that Order Of St George will not run in the Melbourne Cup.

Australian Lloyd Williams is part-owner of the horse and his son, Nick, has indicated Order Of St George may be Coolmore's preferred runner, but O'Brien said: "The plan for Order Of St George is to run in the Irish Leger."

Horse Racing Ireland has its programme for the remainder of the year. A total of 380 races have been scheduled, with each fixture having one race worth at least €15,000 and most cards containing a feature event worth at least €20,000.

Meanwhile, likeable stayer Barters Hill, which suffered a serious injury on his chase debut last November, could return before the end of the year, according to trainer Ben Pauling.

One which has no physical issues is Our Duke, which many expect Robbie Power to ride at Sizing John's expense in next year's Timico Gold Cup. However, Power believes that the horse has it all to prove out of novice company.

"It's a massive step up in class this season and he has to prove himself, a bit like a minor footballer going into the senior team," he said on his BoyleSports blog.

"He'll most likely start in Down Royal this season as there's a couple of races that suit. I rode him yesterday morning and he looks fantastic."

On a sad note, trainer Colin Tizzard has confirmed that hugely exciting point-to-point winner Flemenshill, bought for £480,000, has died before ever running in England.

Irish Independent

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