Wednesday 26 June 2019

Progressive 'Peregrine' swoops for Fahey as he continues his winning run

Galway could be on the cards for Peter Fahey's ever-consistent Peregrine Run which completed a hat-trick of wins at Punchestown last night. Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images
Galway could be on the cards for Peter Fahey's ever-consistent Peregrine Run which completed a hat-trick of wins at Punchestown last night. Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images

Thomas Kelly

Galway could be on the cards for Peter Fahey's ever-consistent Peregrine Run which completed a hat-trick of wins at Punchestown last night.

Sent off the 9/10 favourite in the three-horse Ladbrokes App Chase, Kevin Sexton's mount took the lead off Jett after the second last and only had to be pushed out to gallop eight lengths clear of his market rival.

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Fahey indicated afterwards that his charge is likely to head to Ballybrit, but a handicap hurdle is the current preferred option over the Plate.

Irish 2,000 Guineas 1-2 Phoenix Of Spain and Too Darn Hot remain on course for a Royal Ascot rematch after both horses featured among 16 colts for Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes.

The pair look set to clash again on the opening day of the meeting, with the Charlie Hills-trained Phoenix Of Spain favourite to confirm the form with his John Gosden rival which could be joined by stablemates King Of Comedy and Turgenev.

Aidan O'Brien - who earlier this week ruled out his English 2,000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia - has three possibles, with The Irish Rover and Van Beethoven joined by the supplemented Circus Maximus.

O'Brien's Pink Dogwood will miss the meeting to be aimed at the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

A Listed winner on her reappearance, the Ballydoyle filly finished second to Annapurna in the Epsom Oaks and is now set to revert to a mile and a quarter for the Group One showpiece on Irish Derby weekend.

At Leopardstown this evening, O'Brien fields two, Fire Fly and I Remember You, in the featured Ballycorus Stakes, but this Group 3 contest is likely to be dominated by veterans Flight Risk and Gordon Lord Byron.

If the rain continues in the capital, it might just pay to take a chance on the latter.

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