Coolnagreein search of Pattern success

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.”

* Mark Johnston has booked Fran Berry for a number of rides at Beverley on Saturday but reports it is simply because of the fixture logjam.

Johnston does not have a stable jockey this season and has been picking from the likes of Silvestre de Sousa, Kieren Fallon and Mirco Demuro, as well as the long-serving Joe Fanning.

Berry, one of the top riders in Ireland, could have nearly a full book at the Westwood on an afternoon where there are five British Flat meetings nationwide.

Johnston said: “It’s just so busy on Saturday and Fran has mentioned before that he can be available to help out. He’s ridden for us in Ireland so we’re happy to use him.”

* Johnny Murtagh will take to the skies on Friday evening in order to continue his partnership with the Royal Ascot-bound New Pearl at Pontefract.

Murtagh is booked to ride leading Investec Oaks candidate Vow as well as Moon Pearl in Epsom’s final race, the Investec Asset Management Handicap at 5.25, and will have a couple of hours to make the Diamond Jubilee Youngsters Conditions Stakes in South Yorkshire.

Trainer David Brown prepared Frederick Engels to win the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot last year in the colours of Pearl Bloodstock and after that colt was sold to Hong Kong, Brown was rewarded with further support by owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani.

One of the replacements was the grey New Pearl, who Murtagh helped record an impressive debut victory over five furlongs at the Newmarket Guineas meeting.


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