Tuesday 24 April 2018

Stack's 'Dreamed' can be muddy marvel

Aidan O’Brien holds a strong hand in the opening 3YO Maiden over 1m 2f with Giuseppe Garibaldi the form pick (stock picture)
Aidan O’Brien holds a strong hand in the opening 3YO Maiden over 1m 2f with Giuseppe Garibaldi the form pick (stock picture)

Nick Robson

Fozzy Stack has no worries about Onenightidreamed handling the testing conditions in the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown today.

With much of the country reeling from incessant downpours, only real mudlarks need apply for the Listed prize.

Onenightidreamed made his usual return to action in the Irish Lincolnshire, a race he won in 2015, and he finished a fine fifth under a big weight.

"He ran his race in the Lincolnshire but he usually improves for his first run," said Stack. "He just got a bit tired close home and he's getting a bit harder to get fit at home the older he is getting. I think he'll improve for the run and while he's not getting any younger, he will like the conditions.

"There's not much between a few of them. We're a fair bit better off with Pincheck, who was just in front of us in the Lincolnshire. I hope it's on, but I've heard it will be just about as heavy as it gets."

Ger Lyons' Brendan Brackan, Larchmont Lad from the David O'Meara yard and Jim Bolger's Panstarr are other strong contenders in the feature event but Onenightidreamed gets the vote to justify Stack's faith.

Jer's Girl is back on the Flat after a respectable run at the Cheltenham Festival.

Gavin Cromwell's six-year-old finished fifth behind Benie Des Dieux in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle.

Jer's Girl will be ridden by Seamie Heffernan and faces just three rivals in the JJ Kavanagh & Sons Race over a mile and three-quarters. "This just looks a nice opportunity for her," said Cromwell.

"She may still go to Punchestown also. It's three weeks away yet," he added.

Reflecting upon her Cheltenham run, Cromwell said: "She probably needs a bit more of a trip, and there's a chance she's not quite a Grade One horse any more.

"I still think there's a chance she'll go to Punchestown, though. We might give her one last chance at that level."

Aidan O'Brien holds a strong hand in the opening 3YO Maiden over 1m 2f with Giuseppe Garibaldi the form pick but Gardens Of Babylon has room for improvement based on his debut third last October.

Irish Independent

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