Coolnagree running for pattern honours

Coolnagree running for pattern honours

Coolnagree might go in search of Pattern-race success at Leopardstown in two weeks’ time.

Trainer Willie McCreery has given the Dark Angel filly entries in two Group Three races at the Dublin track on June 14 – the seven-furlong Ballycorus Stakes and the Ballyogan Stakes over six.

McCreery has been pleased with the way Coolnagree has taken her racing so far this season, which has included a win over subsequent Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Ishvana in a handicap at the Curragh in March.

“I’ve entered her in two Group Threes at Leopardstown in mid-June,” said the County Kildare handler.

“If the ground isn’t too firm she’ll probably run in one of them.

“She doesn’t need a cut but doesn’t want it firm either.

“Everything she’s done this year she’s done very nicely. At the Curragh she ran well behind Takar and he didn’t run badly in our (2,000) Guineas and she’s also been second to Requisition of Aidan’s (O’Brien).

“She’s had a tough spring. I don’t want to burn her out and physically she seems to be getting stronger and will strengthen up in a couple of months.

“She wants good ground but she can quicken off soft ground, so that might hold the key later in the year.

“She might get a mile but I wouldn’t mind dropping her to a tough six somewhere.”

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