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Cheltenham Festival winner Wicklow Brave
teed up a possible return to England at Royal
Ascot after winning on the Flat at Listowel.
The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old was
sent on his way the 1/5 favourite for the five-
runner Bryan McMahon Race over a mile and
three-quarters and did not disappoint.
Patrick Mullins partner was keen to get on
with it early on before his jockey finally gave him
his freedom passing the two-furlong pole.
Runner-up Cardinal Palace kept going all the
way to the line, but he was no match for the
Wicklow Brave claimed the County Hurdle at
Cheltenham in March by eight lengths and has
now gone two races unbeaten since his transfer
to Flat racing.
The Queen Alexandra Stakes at the Royal meet-
ing---a race his trainer won last season with Pique
Sous---could now be a potential big-race summer
Patrick Mullins said: "His pedigree suggests
he d be a high-quality Flat horse.
"I imagine he might run at Royal Ascot now."
Fly ready for
Hurricane Fly is set to take his chance in the
French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil next Sun-
day.The record-breaking 11-year-old has enjoyed
another fabulous campaign, winning the Morgiana
Hurdle at Punchestown and the Ryanair Hurdle
at Leopardstown before clinching an historic fifth
victory in Leopardstown s Irish Champion Hurdle
in late January.
He had to make do with minor honours behind
stable companion Faugheen in the Champion
Hurdle at Cheltenham and found old foe Jezki
too strong on his first attempt at three miles in
the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle at Pun-
chestown, but is set to go to the well once more
for champion trainer Willie Mullins.
He said: "He is in good form and at the moment
he is heading for Auteuil next Sunday."
Hurricane Fly will be making his first appearance
in France in almost seven years in the Grande
Course de Haies d Auteuil, a race Mullins won
with Thousand Stars in 2011 and 2012.
Raiders strike out
British and Irish raiders were out of luck as
Full Rose swooped late to land the German 1000
Guineas at Dusseldorf for trainer Andreas
The David Simcock-trained Terror and Michael
O Callaghan s Letters Of Note travelled across
Europe to contest the Classic for owner Sheikh
Fahad, with Terror in the Qatar Racing silks and
Letters Of Note carrying the colours of Pearl
The two raced upsides as they rounded the
home turn and both looked in with a chance of
victory heading inside the final furlong before
Full Rose finished with a rattle down the outside
of the field in the hands of Jozef Bojko and got
up to beat Nymeria close home, with Schutzenpost
The Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud remains
the intended next port of call for Treve
after the French superstar took her come-
back run in her stride.
The dual Arc heroine showed she remains
at the peak of her powers with a most
impressive winning reappearance in the Prix
Corrida on Friday.
Treve is now set to head back to Saint-
Cloud on June 28 as part of her preparation
for a return to Longchamp in October.
Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek said:
"Treve has recovered very well from her
"(On Saturday) she just stayed in the pad-
dock, which is something I do after every
race. She was just walked and had a roll.
She came back and ate up.
"This morning, she trotted and is very
supple. For her, it s like she hasn t run at
"She hadn t been short of work, as she
has been working for a while now.
"She hadn t run since October and could
have been short of work and there were a
lot of horses in the race that had already
had a run.
"But she has been so much better since
the beginning of the year, more supple. Her
feet are much better and so is her back.
"Now we go for the Grand Prix de Saint-
Cloud, then the Vermeille and the Arc."
Treve is a best-priced 7-2 favourite to
become the first horse to win the Prix de
l Arc de Triomphe three times, but Head-
Maarek is expecting a tough test, particularly
from the younger generation.
"You know in the Arc we don t know the
three-year-olds," she said.
"We know the older horses, but not the
three-year-olds, and they must not be
Meanwhile, Gleneagles has seemingly
moved a tentative step closer towards run-
ning in the Investec Derby at Epsom on
Aidan O Brien, speaking from Chantilly
yesterday, said it was likely the dual Guineas
winner would be left in the premier Classic
at today s confirmation stage.
"I think there is another stage tomorrow
and I didn t hear that he was going to be
taken out, so I presume he is going to be
left in tomorrow---I presume," said the Bal-
Owners Coolmore also have the option
of adding the filly Found into the field on
O Brien said: "I didn t hear anything about
the filly being supplemented in it yet, any-
"All the colts that are in it, are in it.
"There is a supplementary stage tomorrow
and I didn t hear that the filly would be
New Bay finished with a flourish to pro-
vide Andre Fabre with a fourth victory in
the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly yes-
The Khalid Abdullah-owned son of
Dubawi was settled in the rear by French
champion jumps jockey Vincent Cheminaud
for much of the extended mile-and-a-quar-
ter journey and remained nearer last than
first rounding the home turn.
Once angled wide to challenge, though,
New Bay showed thrilling acceleration to
run to the lead and was ultimately well on
top as he passed the post under his jubilant
"It s an incredible feeling," said Chem-
"New Bay is an extraordinary horse."
Highland Reel fared the best of Aidan
O Brien s three runners, bouncing back from
a disappointing run when favourite for the
French 2000 Guineas to fill the runner-up
spot in the hands of the trainer s son, Joseph.
The Ryan Moore-ridden Cape Clear Island
failed to get competitive, however, while
stable companion War Envoy was a long
Alain de Royer-Dupre s much-vaunted
Karaktar looked poised to challenge early
in the straight, but his run petered out and
he was ultimately disappointing.
War Dispatch finished an unlucky-in-
running third for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget
and jockey Ioritz Mendizabal.
Stocking and Atletico are strongly-fan-
cied to give trainer, Roger Varian, and in-
form jockey, William Buick, an across the
card double today on Lingfield polytrack
and good to firm Windsor, respectively;
both have plenty in hand on the time-
Varian has been slow to surface but he s
a patient chap, like his mentor, Michael
Jarvis, who died a couple of years ago; such
a sad loss, a truly wonderful trainer who
conditioned horses superbly with that lovely
approach of kindness, and all things good,
to aid thousands of thoroughbreds progress
Patience was his virtue and Varian has
wisely heeded the experience of working
with Jarvis, he has few runners before June,
what s the point?
This year, especially, weather conditions
have been diabolical and May, which finished
yesterday, was surely the coldest and most
unpleasant on record; the flowers illustrated
that fact, conclusively.
It s cold and raining, as this is being
penned , but Roger obviously realises he
can t wait forever; we re nigh on a third of
the way through this 2015 turf flat-racing
scene and the Epsom Derby will be staged
It was originally decreed for the first
Wednesday in June but that wonderful tra-
dition was scrapped by know-alls who
have proved, lamentably, they know sod
all and have done irreparable damage to the
Sport Of Kings by interfering.
Those wonderful grade one, three-day(s)
weekday fixtures have gone, mixed in with
all things Saturday , racecourses are over-
watered and over-used, resulting in incon-
sistency, and the volume of dross racing has
made for tremendous pressure coping on
a day-to-day basis. Without my garden I d
be in a madhouse!
Varian has a stable worth following and
another patient trainer is Marcus Tregoning
whose Diamond Blaise wont be a surprise
if he causes one in the Maiden Fillies Stakes
over six furlongs of polytrack.
10.00 Diamond Blaise
2.25 Atletico (nap)
Stick to Stocking
Treve bouncing after Corrida romp
Gleneagles: Still a possible for the Derby
New Bay swoops to take French Derby
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