Saturday 20 January 2018

Royal Caviar out to extend run

Royal Caviar's owner Rich Ricci
Royal Caviar's owner Rich Ricci

Ashley Iveson

Runaway Fairyhouse winner Royal Caviar aims to keep his unbeaten record intact in the Future Champions INH Flat Race at Navan today.

The Irish point-to-point winner cost owner Rich Ricci £90,000 at Cheltenham's Brightwells sale in April, but it already looks money well spent judged on his stunning debut under Rules last month.

The five-year-old is as short as 12/1 for the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival and looks to enhance those claims against five rivals at Grade Two level today.

"He won on a good, galloping right-handed track and we're switching him left-handed now on one of the most testing and fairest tracks in Ireland," champion trainer Willie Mullins said.

County Antrim-based Stuart Crawford has a fine record with his bumper runners and the trainer is hopeful Fine Rightly can make his presence felt. The five-year-old travelled to Ayr three times this year, winning on his debut in January before placing a month later and at the Scottish Grand National meeting.

"We were planning to go straight over hurdles with him, but it's just the way things worked out," said Crawford.

Philip Fenton saddles the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Desertmore Stream, who was fourth behind the Mullins-trained Rathvinden on his latest appearance.

Dannicourtney, Dream Beat and Perfect Promise complete the field.

Irish Independent

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