Kingsbarns earns Derby quote


RACING:AIDAN O’BRIEN’S Kingsbarns was introduced into the betting at around 14 to 1 for the 2013 Investec Derby after an impressive victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Navan yesterday.

The Galileo colt holds Classic entries next season and while those dreams are still some way off, he could hardly have made a better introduction.

Having settled nicely for Joseph O’Brien, he moved up stylishly before hitting the front two furlongs out. The 4 to 11 favourite drew clear without being asked a serious question to beat Risk Return by seven lengths.

“He travelled very well but he didn’t have a clue what to do when he hit the front,” said Joseph O’Brien. “He didn’t even know how to canter back after the race and I had to trot him back. I think he is high class but I don’t know if he’ll run again this year.”

Meanwhile Tramore must inspect at 8am today ahead of the seven-race card. Steady rainfall has seen the ground turn soft at the Co Waterford circuit. The main cause for concern, however, is an adverse overnight forecast.

Noel Meade is likely to be double-handed in the Ladbrokes.comMunster National at Limerick on Sunday as he attempts to claim the race for the second successive season.

Cross Appeal and last year’s winner Muirhead could represent the Co Meath handler in the valuable three-mile chase. “Cross Appeal won the Paddy Power (at Leopardstown) last year and ran fourth in the Galway Plate,” said Meade. “Galway probably wasn’t ideal for him as he likes plenty of jumping – he jumps really well. He’s in really good form, I’m very happy with him. Muirhead won it last year but he’s gone up a bit in the weights.

“If the top weight (Bob Lingo) stays in, everything will be okay, but if the top weight comes out, we’d have to think whether we run or not. Both of them are in great shape and I’m sure both of them will give a good show.”

Meade’s prayers look like being answered as Bob Lingo, the Galway Plate winner, is on course to carry 11st 10lb.

Trainer Tom Mullins also has Fosters Cross engaged, but he is more likely to run in the Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh on the same day.

Meanwhile, trainer David Nagle has given Maarek an option of Sunday’s Mick Ramsey Lifetime In Racing Achievement Waterford Testimonial Stakes at the Curragh in case conditions are not in his favour at Ascot in the following week’s Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.

HORSE Racing Ireland have announced two replacement fixtures after Tipperary were forced to abandon their scheduled meetings on October 8th and 9th. The Curragh will now host a Flat card on October 16th, when admission will be free for all racegoers, while Tipperary will stage a National Hunt meeting on October 22nd.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Screen Name Selection


Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.