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Mendelssohn’s next tune to be heard in Dubai


MEYDAN will be the next destination for Mendelssohn after he and Ryan Moore led home a 1-2-3 for Irish Champion Trainer Aidan O’Brien, at Dundalk in the €75,000 Listed Patton Stakes over a mile last Friday. Ridden by Ryan Moore, the 3yo Scat Daddy colt, successful in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar last year, saw off stable companion and pace setter Threeandfourpence, the mount of Seamie Heffernan, with Seahenge and Donnacha O’Brien in third. Aidan O’Brien said: “You would be delighted with that.

It was nice to get Mendelssohn started and he did everything right; he travelled and quickened well. “He was a little bit rusty obviously on his first run in a long time but Ryan was very happy with him. Physically he has done very well and mentally he is good. He is very relaxed which is good. “The plan was to come here, then go to Dubai and then hopefully the Kentucky Derby. We always felt that we would need a couple of runs in this part of the world before we go. “Hopefully then we can look at Kentucky but obviously we have to run a big race in Dubai and go on from there but that is what we would be hoping to do.

There is plenty of dirt in his pedigree and as we saw he is a good traveller and very good physically. “Seamus’ horse was a little babyish in front as he’s not used to being there, and Donnacha’s horse was a little bit slow away but they are all things we can work on. “The plan with the three colts that ran tonight is to go to Dubai and then hopefully we go on from there.” O’Brien made the most of having three runners to work ten other horses before racing, including Dubai World Cup day hopes Idaho and Lancaster Bomber. 

Idaho, under Donnacha O’Brien, and Lancaster Bomber, ridden by Ryan Moore, were in a group of six, which also included Group One winner Deauville and smart 4yo War Decree, completing a gallop over the full 1m2f circuit. O’Brien said: “Idaho and Lancaster Bomber have both been invited to run in Dubai over a mile and a half and 9f respectively, and Mendelssohn, Seahenge and Threeandfourpence have all been invited, so we have five going out at the moment. “This was just to get a run and an away day into them before they travel. Deauville worked well, although he’s not invited, and War Decree worked very well.”

O’Brien even brought his own set of starting stalls, American-style stalls with a bell, and as soon as the first set of horses galloped, the stalls were moved to the 5f start, from where Washington DC, Fleet Review, Intelligence Cross and Declarationofpeace began their work. O’Brien explained: “We use those stalls whenever we can for horses who might be travelling and it’s a good experience for them. This is a great facility here and it’s great to have it. We use it as often as we can. “That should bring those horses on a good bit and we’re very happy with what they did.”

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22 Mar 2018
Issue Number: Issue 641
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