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Spirit Of Concorde to fly home for Weld

DERMOT WELD'S Rosewell House delegation stands out as being especially robust on today's low-key spread at Gowran Park.

He is responsible for three intriguing maidens, including the nap selection Spirit Of Concorde in the finale.

A year ago, the Authorized four-year-old was a fine second to Karatash on his debut at Navan, and the winner was placed in Listed company on its only subsequent start.

Montebell, Mizani and Father Of Since, second, third and fourth, also went on to show the form in a flattering light.

At worst, the inexperienced Spirit Of Concorde looked a shade one-paced over 10 furlongs under Pat Smullen, so the step up to a mile and a half should suit now. Rivals Kalaroa and Miss Ekaterina also finished second on their sole previous outings, but not in the same class of maiden as Spirit Of Concorde did.

In the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF-sponsored three-year-old edition over seven furlongs, Weld's Sheikh Mohammed-owned Lake District gets the nod to prevail.

On its Curragh bow last month, the Raven's Pass colt tired in the latter stages over a mile, but Smullen didn't knock him about unnecessarily.

The partnership finished third, and the suspicion is that the drop back to seven furlongs on decent ground here will prove ideal.

In the 12-furlong maiden for the Classic generation, Make The News is arguably Weld's most interesting contender.

A three-parts brother to his 2,000 Guineas, Queen Anne and Eclipse hero Refuse To Bend and a half-brother to his second Melbourne Cup victor Media Puzzle, this fellow is bred to be smart, so it will be fascinating to see if he can emulate his Classic-winning sibling by obliging at the Kilkenny venue first time up. Weld's hat-trick-seeking Stuccodor is also going to be a big player in the nine-furlong conditions race, but preferred in that is the unexposed Qasser for Kevin Prendergast and 3lb claimer Sam James.

When last seen at Cork in October – his first run since May – the Intikhab four-year-old appeared to have improved for being gelded. Qasser was placed on his three initial starts, but stepped up at Mallow to record a decisive triumph. If he replicates that level of progression again now, he could take plenty of stopping.

Irish Independent