Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 17 November 2018

O'Callaghan can fly to Dundalk double

Trainer Michael O'Callaghan. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Trainer Michael O'Callaghan. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Curragh-based trainer Michael O'Callaghan runs a couple of promising juveniles on a card that heralds the start of the winter season at Dundalk this evening.

Former flag-bearer for the yard Blue De Vega, which was Classic-placed in the 2016 Irish 2,000 Guineas, is now with Robert Cowell but there are still some nice types housed at Crotanstown Stud.

Not yet 30, O'Callaghan has achieved a lot in a short space of time, and the high achieving is not confined to his work life as the Kerry native flies planes in his spare time.

Hello Brigette, his representative in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden, showed up well on her debut at Leopardstown on Eyrefield Stakes day.

Fourth then in a strong-looking field, Hello Brigette is likely to come on plenty for the experience, which came behind a gambled-on victor from Ballydoyle in Sarrocchi.

Everyone is well aware of Kodiac's prowess as a source of two-year-old winners and Gary Halpin's mount has another boast on pedigree as Group Two scorer Balthazaar's Gift features close up on her page.

Melbourne Cup hero Joseph O'Brien is three-handed, with first-timers Anchovy and High Susie joined by Teardrop Island.

O'Callaghan has care of Trophy Doll for some well-known owners, and she goes in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Maiden.

Former trainer David Myerscough owns this daughter of Dream Ahead with his family, along with Tamso Doyle Cox and her husband David.

Fifth over the track and trip in mid-October, Trophy Doll is likely to be on the premises with Pat Smullen booked.

O'Brien fields a big contender in Darkolva, while debutantes Beckoning and Departures are others which could enter the equation. The twice-raced pair Turnkey and Summer's Dream are not to be discounted either.

Meanwhile, Noel Meade is considering a crack at the Ladbrokes Trophy with progressive second-season chaser A Genie In Abotttle.

Two from two this season, he has been allotted 10st 13lb for the race previously know as the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on December 2.

The weights are headed on 11st 12lb by 2015 Gold Cup winner Coneygree, which was pulled up at Wetherby last Saturday.

Irish Independent

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