Emerald to run in Killavullan
Paul Deegan intends to stick to his plan and aim Shining Emerald at the Group Three Killavullan Stakes following a taking win at the Curragh.
A 16-length winner on his third appearance in heavy ground at Listowel, the youngster encountered far quicker conditions in Sunday's Listed Blenheim Stakes, but Deegan's pre-race concerns about the ground proved unfounded.
Shining Emerald comfortably dispatched of odds-on favourite Guerre by three lengths and while Deegan suggested afterwards his charge could now be prepared for a trip to England, he will instead finish off his juvenile season at Leopardstown on October 26.
He said: "He's come out of the race well, he's eaten up and seems in good shape. I was very pleased with him. He quickened up well. We always thought he was better with a bit of dig in the ground, so it was nice to see him quicken up so well on that better ground.
"I don't think he wants firm ground. He just wants to make a print in it. The options for him are the Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury and the Killavullan on the same day, but I think we'll stick to the original plan and go for the Killavullan. He's not going to do a whole lot more this year.
"He's not the tallest horse but he covers a good bit of ground and you'd like to think with another winter under his belt he could be a better horse next year. A mile should be well within his compass."