Monday 11 December 2017

Prizemoney draws Baker to the strand at Laytown

Thomas Kelly

GEORGE BAKER will break new ground yet again today with his first runner on the beach at Laytown.

The Manton trainer has already successfully targeted such unorthodox outposts as Jersey and St Moritz and is looking forward to running Dana's Present in the opening Tote Mobile Betting Handicap at the annual meeting on sand 30 miles north of Dublin.

"I've seen Laytown on TV and in photographs and it's always one that's fascinated me," said Baker.

"I thought we'd take Dana's Present. He could run around in England for £2,500 and we're coming out here for an £8,000 race with more than £5,000 to the winner. If it works and it's good fun we'll bring a few more next year.

"We've spent most of this year on the road and it's worked out very well for us, starting off in St Moritz, then the Channel Islands and Ostend and Madrid.

"It's been fun, and luckily we've got the owners. You need those with the imagination to say 'yes'.

"Dana's Present is in good form, he needs fast ground and the beach out there apparently rides fast. Ground-wise, I think he'll take to it.

"You need a horse with a good temperament. I don't know if he'll take to it but I've had this before and it worked out. At least we're giving it a go."

There is a second British challenger in the same race as Amy Weaver, who has done well with her runners in America, sends over Emkanaat.

Irish Independent

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