Tuesday 16 January 2018

McManus' Boy needs rain for Curragh Cesarewitch outing

Businessman JP McManus owns racehorse Western Boy
Businessman JP McManus owns racehorse Western Boy
Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Pat Fahy is eager to see some easing in the Curragh ground before committing his rejuvenated Western Boy to Sunday's Tote Irish Cesarewitch.

Acquired by JP McManus on the back of a fine novice hurdling season, Western Boy failed to build on his potential over jumps last term.

Recently, though, he has been a revelation on the Flat, winning two of his three starts and finishing second to the subsequent Listed winner Silwana on his latest outing at Leopardstown.

The six-year-old currently has 9st in Sunday's €100,000 two-mile handicap, but Fahy yesterday stopped short of confirming that he would take part. "He is good and healthy and we are happy with him, but there is nothing decided for sure yet," the Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow-based handler said. "I think if we get rain there is a good chance that he will run. That would be a big help to him and it might be the decisive factor.

"Sunday's race and the November Handicap (at Leopardstown on October 25) are similar races, and, if there were a good cut in the ground, they look like the right races for him. He could take in both but the ground will be a big factor at the Curragh."


The official going at headquarters is being given as good, with minimal rain forecast in the coming days.

On Saturday, Fahy's Ballybacka Queen ran creditably to be beaten a few lengths in the Group Two Prix de Royallieu at Longchamp, where conditions had dried up more than anticipated. "The ground had gone for her but we were delighted with her," Fahy revealed of the Hurricane Run four-year-old. "She has done us proud so we will mind her. We will try to win a Group Two with her next year but she will go to Naas in 10 days for a Listed race."

Aidan O'Brien has declared his Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Minding (Ryan Moore) and the Group Three winner Coolmore (Joseph O'Brien) for tomorrow's Fillies' Mile, with Minding the 7/4 market leader for the Newmarket Group One. However, O'Brien's runaway Irish St Leger victor Order Of St George has been ruled out of a tilt at next month's Melbourne Cup.

Meanwhile, Kieren Fallon has reportedly cited illness for missing his booked ride at Catterick on Tuesday, two days after a delayed ferry was blamed for the former champion not turning up to ride at Tipperary.

Irish Independent

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