Wednesday 21 February 2018

Raydara primed for Guineas tilt


Mick Halford reports it is all systems go for Raydara as he counts down the days to the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas.

Sunday's race at the Curragh cannot come quick enough for the Doneany handler, whose Aga Khan-owned daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar brings solid form to the table from her juvenile campaign.

The winner of two of her four starts, Raydara beat English Guineas runner-up Lucida in the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh in August.

Speaking at the Goresbridge TB Sales at Gowran Park, Halford has been bouyed by the prospect of drying conditions and told At The Races: "We look like being busy enough (with runners on Guineas weekend), the horses are coming into form, the sun is starting to shine and the ground is getting good so we're looking forward to it.

"We've been waiting all winter to run her (Raydara), so we're nearly there. She had a breeze on the Curragh early this morning and she was in good form.

"I walked a couple of furlongs of it and it's drying up nicely. Hopefully it will stay that way to the weekend.

"Her form is there, obviously it's the 1,000 Guineas and there's plenty of dangers, but she's in good form so we'll hope for a good draw and a bit of luck."

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