Sunday 21 January 2018

Maarek team mull Curragh option


Maarek could turn up in Saturday's Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh after putting up one of his best ever performances at York last week.

Trainer Evanna McCutcheon is keen to have the option of the Group Three as she is worried conditions may not be suitable for the seven-year-old at Royal Ascot.

"We've not ruled it out," she said.

"There's very little rain forecast before Ascot when you look at the long range forecasts, there could be some warm weather.

"He's come out of York fine and there's a bit of rain forecast at the end of this week at the Curragh which would suit him down to the ground.

"Whether he runs this week or not will not affect whether he goes to Ascot, there's still plenty of time.

"There's a race in France for him in early June but that might be getting a bit close.

"The way he won at York, giving a lot of weight to a Group One winner, you'd have to say it was one of his best runs last week."

Eddie Lynam's Slade Power, a winner at Ascot on Champions Day, also has the option along with stablemate Viztoria.

Aidan O'Brien has a few interesting entries with Darwin, Guerre, Due Dilligence and Fountain Of Youth among his possibles.

Kevin Ryan's Hamza may travel over from North Yorkshire while Dermot Weld's Alkaaser, also in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, could take in the sprint instead.

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