Saighdiur given Trophy target
Trainer Andrew Slattery is planning a British compensation mission with An Saighdiur at York this Saturday.
The Thurles trainer has seen his sprinter finish third in the last two renewals of the Ayr Silver Cup, being headed close home 12 months ago when Mass Rally took the honours and suffering a difficult run through on his most recent visit to Scotland as he finished just half a length behind Ancient Cross.
Seven-times winner An Saighdiur is now being aimed for the valuable Coral Sprint Trophy on the Knavesmire.
"We're planning to run and Declan McDonogh is likely to ride," said Slattery. "He'd prefer some cut in the ground, so it's been difficult for him during the summer.
"We wanted to get him ready for the Paddy Power Sprint at the Curragh, which he won last year, but he was drawn two and you might as well not even turn up from that sort of draw.
"He was unlucky at Ayr, and there aren't many races left for him now so hopefully we'll take our chance."