Qatar Racing eye Moyglare success with Kiyoshi
Group-winning filly has strengthend and progressed, says owners’ spokesman
Tapestry, ridden by Joesph O’Brien to win The Friarstown Stud Debutante Stakes, would have to be supplemented for the Moyglare Stud Stakes. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA
Having secured classic success at the Curragh with Just The Judge in May’s 1,000 Guineas, racing’s burgeoning power, Qatar Racing, will return to HQ this Sunday for the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes with their potential superstar filly Kiyoshi.
Not seen since landing Royal Ascot’s Albany Stakes in June, Kiyoshi is already as low as 5 to 1 favourite for next year’s Newmarket Guineas and is set for a return to action in Ireland’s premier contest for juvenile fillies.
“She has been given plenty of time and has done very well, strengthened up and put on weight,” said the Qatar spokesman, David Redvers yesterday. “Hopefully all her form will stack up at the Curragh.”
Jamie Spencer, a Moyglare winner on Sequoyah in 2000, will again take the ride on Kiyoshi who scored by more than three lengths from Sandiva at Ascot despite veering dramatically left in the closing stages. Lucky Kristale, winner of the Lowther at York last week, was sixth in that Albany Stakes.
Clive Brittain’s Queen Mary heroine Rizeena is another Moyglare possible from across-channel while Aidan O’Brien’s hopes of a seventh victory in the €225,000 highlight could rest principally on the unbeaten Tapestry, a daughter of 2005 Moyglare heroine Rumplestiltskin, who landed the Debutante Stakes on her last start but would need to be supplemented at tomorrow’s five-day stage.
Sky Lantern, brilliant winner this year of the Newmarket 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes, scored her initial Group One success in last year’s Moyglare.
In other top-flight news, Eddie Lynam is targeting different Group One races with his star sprinters, Sole Power and Slade Power, who ran in Friday’s Nunthorpe at York. Sole ran another fine race in third, but Slade was out of the money.
“I think Sole Power will go for the Prix de l’Abbaye and Slade will probably go for the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock,” said Lynam yesterday.
“It was one good, one bad really, at York. Sole Power ran another really good race but Slade lost his chance when he got upset in the stalls. Looking at the sectionals, Slade actually ran the fastest furlong of any horse in the race between the four and the three but his chance was gone before that.
“He has a course and distance win at Haydock last year. I know it was only in a Listed race but he had Es Que Love, Lethal Force and Bogart behind him,” he added.
David Wachman has stressed the importance of fast ground conditions to his Irish Derby runner-up Galileo Rock if he is to figure in the upcoming Doncaster St Leger. The colt hasn’t been seen since finishing runner up to Trading Leather at the Curragh. Prior to that Galileo Rock was third in the Epsom Derby.
“He’s in good shape, all’s good with him,” said Wachman yesterday. “He’s on course for the Leger. The ground is important to him. He wants fast ground.”