Monday 21 October 2019

Rakan can reign supreme for Weld in King George V Cup

Trainer Dermot Weld. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Dermot Weld. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

With the ground continuing to soften, it's advisable for punters to tread warily at Leopardstown this evening, although Rakan should have little difficulty in coping with the conditions in the featured King George V Cup.

Dermot Weld's promising Sea The Stars colt, already a winner at this venue, faces just two rivals - the battle-hardened Barbados trained by Aidan O'Brien, whose son Joseph is responsible for the other contender, Eminent Authority.

An easy winner of a maiden on yielding ground at this track, Rakan was fourth to Broome on his seasonal debut in the Derrinstown, but that level of form might be good enough here and that performance also saw the handicapper up him 7lb in the ratings.

Owner Hamdan Al Maktoum is more likely to win an Irish Derby with Epsom runner-up Madhmoon but Rakan could put himself in the picture if he puts his best foot forward for Chris Hayes.

Weld has prospects of a big-race double on the card with Yulong Gold Fairy in the Holden Plant Rentals Glencairn Stakes, but Jim Bolger's evergreen eight-year-old Flight Risk is the pick.

Flight Risk is hardly improving with age, but his run a fortnight ago at the Curragh was a nice seasonal reappearance and this could be a bit of good placing by the astute Bolger as this isn't the strongest Listed race ever run.

At Wexford last night, the Gordon Elliott-trained Dinons maintained his unbeaten record over fences but was made to work hard before landing the featured novice chase.

Sent off the 4/5 favourite, Davy Russell's mount had to dig deep after being headed by Victoria Bay at the second last, but Dinons battled back to regain the initiative and prevail by a length and a half.

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