Tramore faces an early inspection
RACING:THIS EVENING’S meeting at Tramore must pass a further inspection at 8am today after the seaside course was hit with more rain yesterday. Following a check yesterday afternoon, the track was declared fit to race although conditions are described as heavy.
With a forecast for further rain last night, officials will look again ahead of a planned seven-race card, scheduled to get under way at 5pm. Yesterday’s meeting was cancelled and has been rescheduled for next Monday afternoon.
Connections of Coral-Eclipse winner Nathaniel are unlikely to take on Frankel in next Wednesday’s Juddmonte International Stakes unless there is significant rain at York.
That was the message from James Wigan, racing manager to Nathaniel’s owner Lady Rothschild, after he had supervised the saddling of Trade Commissioner in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury yesterday.
Nathaniel, trained by John Gosden, is among nine possible opponents to Frankel in the Group One on the Knavesmire in six days’ time which will be that unbeaten colt’s first attempt at a mile and a quarter.
Should he bypass York, his next race will be the Irish Champion Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Leopardstown. Wigan said: “If we decide to miss York the ground wouldn’t matter in Ireland. Frankel is an exceptional horse, and he’s not going there.”
Henry Cecil’s Frankel is set to be joined by his regular pacemaker and three-parts brother Bullet Train, as well as his stablemate Twice Over, who won this prestigious Group One prize 12 months ago.
Aidan O’Brien has left in St Nicholas Abbey, dual winner of the Coronation Cup at Epsom and a four-time Group One scorer in all. The five-year-old got going all too late when third in the King George.
He, too, is likely to be joined by a stablemate in order to ensure there is a strong pace. Robin Hood and Windsor Palace are regulars in such a role.