Note
14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

World bid unlikely for PassageHeadlines
Rite Of Passage

Dermot Weld has revealed it is "more likely" Rite Of Passage will be trained for next year's Gold Cup at Royal Ascot than take his chance in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

The master of Rosewell House produced one of his most magnificent training performances to nurse the 2010 Gold Cup hero back from injury to win the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot in October, his first racecourse appearance in well over a year.

He has moved to prominence in ante-post lists for the World Hurdle following the shock news four-time winner Big Buck's will miss the rest of the season with injury but while Weld admits his charge could return to the jumping game one day, he does not believe he will head to Prestbury Park in March.

"He's back, he's sound, he's very well and in exercise daily. I spoke with Dr Lambe (owner) and we decided we'd have one more crack at the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot with him in 2013. That remains his target," Weld told At The Races.

"I will speak with Dr Lambe over Christmas about the possibility of rethinking about the long-distance hurdle (World Hurdle), but I think it's more likely we'll stick to our plan.

"He's a very talented horse. The only risk for the Gold Cup is the ground, that it could get too firm at Ascot in the summer time.

"We could always go back in 2014 and train him for the long-distance hurdle at Cheltenham. That was the decision and I would say we'll probably stick with it."

21 April 2014

Clowance up for the Cup
Garner hit with lengthy ban
Memories in Final flourish
Fitz powers home at Fairyhouse
Toner hits target for Elliott
Joe ready for Cork outing
Lennon looking to call tune
Ground holds key to Tonto show
Lucky escape for Cook
Mind called up for National service

20 April 2014

Fitz powers home at Fairyhouse
Lyons backs Brackan
Brookhouse turns to Crawford
Weld and Smullen keep up good work
Whiskey shows winning spirit
Brook another for Russell team
Zurigha blossoms in Snowdrop
Planning pounces at Haydock
Escalating moving on up
Buntline bidding for more
Rebel all set for big Powers test

19 April 2014

Bolger on mark with double
Elliott calling on Toner
Fry taking Bold route at Haydock
Snowdrop test for Ribbons
Classic redemption for Grandeur
Hanagan the star man for Fahey
Doyle pounces with classy Cat
Litigant goes Marathon distance
Guineas hope Ertijaal delivers
Life's good for Kirby and McEntee
Moss ready to roll for Brown
Tigers on the prowl for Teal

18 April 2014

'Legend' Border just denied
Hanagan the star man for Fahey
Hardie makes history on View
Ready to undergo heart scan
Cantlow tops Irish National weights
Arvika career in balance
Bally stars in Powers quartet
Royal target for classy Cappella
Obliterator future excites Lyons
Chasing plan for As I Am
Killough does it again in Sefton
Toormore claims Craven
Hamza holds on in Abernant
Wonder-ful double for Godolphin
Grugy all set for Sandown defence
Vaughan hoping for Bay of plenty
Muir keen to make a Point in Sprint
Newmarket will suit Canarias - Leon

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2014