Friday 24 November 2017

'Tigris' in mix for Newmarket trip

Joseph O’Brien’s charge claimed his third successive victory in a thrilling renewal of the Ballybrit feature a month ago under Barry Geraghty, his fifth victory over hurdles. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Joseph O’Brien’s charge claimed his third successive victory in a thrilling renewal of the Ballybrit feature a month ago under Barry Geraghty, his fifth victory over hurdles. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Galway Hurdle hero Tigris River could switch back to the Flat for the Cesarewitch at Newmarket.

Joseph O'Brien's charge claimed his third successive victory in a thrilling renewal of the Ballybrit feature a month ago under Barry Geraghty, his fifth victory over hurdles.

He has run just five times on the level, most recently winning at the Curragh in June, and while connections are not committing to future targets, a trip across the water on October 14 is in the melting pot.

"We've not made any firm plans, but we have a couple of options," said O'Brien.

"There's a race for him at Tipperary for him at the start of October (Istabraq Hurdle) and he's also in the English Cesarewitch.

"He has the entry (at Newmarket), so it's an option. It's good to leave our options open - he's in good form."

Another O'Brien-trained and JP McManus-owned gelding which shone at Galway was the progressive Le Richebourg. The four-year-old son of Network extended his unbeaten record over jumps to three and O'Brien hopes there is more to come.

"He had a little break after Galway as he'd had three runs in a fairly short space of time," the trainer explained. "There's also a race for him at the same Tipperary meeting in October, but we'll see how we go."

Meanwhile, July Cup hero Harry Angel heads 20 possibles for the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday following the five-day confirmation stage.

Clive Cox's three-year-old showed his might with an authoritative victory in the six-furlong Group One at Newmarket, and regular partner Adam Kirby reports the speedster to be ready to return to the fray.

"I've sat on him since and he's in good nick. He's moving well and everything's good," Kirby said. "He'll be fine on the ground. He'll go through anything. In my eyes, he's everything you need in one. He's settled down now."

Harry Angel is set to be taken on by horses which finished behind him that day. Runner-up Limato, the third Brando, fourth-placed Caravaggio, Intelligence Cross (fifth), Growl (sixth) and last year's Sprint Cup second The Tin Man (eighth) are in the frame.

Aidan O'Brien's Caravaggio has an alternative objective in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

His trainer is responsible for four others in the Haydock feature - Cougar Mountain, Washington DC, Intelligence Cross and Spirit Of Valor.

A trip to the Breeders' Cup moved a significant step nearer for Jeremy Noseda's Take Me With You (4/11) following her decisive success at Windsor.

Although not seen out since finishing third in the Albany at Royal Ascot, the $800,000 daughter of Scat Daddy tore apart her rivals by nine lengths in the novice stakes, forming the opening leg of a treble for jockey Jamie Spencer.

"I know it is a long way away and she has got to do a few things between now and then, but I've always had it in my mind she could be a filly for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf," he said.

Irish Independent

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