Canadian date for Bethrah

IRISH 1000 Guineas winner Bethrah could be prepared for a trip to Canada after being beaten into fifth in last Saturday’s Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

Dermot Weld’s three-year-old had been off the track since tasting Classic glory in May and looked badly in need of the run as she faded in the closing stages.

Angus Gold, racing manager for owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, was not too disheartened and has revealed the EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine on October 16 is on her agenda.

“I don’t think she was that disappointing and we knew she was going to need the run,” said Gold.

“It was her first run in a long time and she was the one who went to have a go at the leader earliest and I think that tired her out.

“She’ll be a bit straighter now and we might go a bit further as well, so hopefully we might squeak another Group One somewhere.

“I need to speak to Sheikh Hamdan but I know he would like to aim for the EP Taylor Stakes. “We’ll just have to see whether he wants to see her run over here first.”

Meanwhile, Geordieland is to be put away for 2011 after an injury prevented him from tackling any of the major staying prices this year.

His trainer Jamie Osborne believes the nine-year-old still retains plenty of ability and is looking to aim him at Royal Ascot’s Gold Cup in which he has been placed three times.

“We were ready for York (Lonsdale Cup) but he picked up an injury 10 days beforehand which meant he couldn’t run,” said Osborne.

“By the time we got that right there was nothing left for him to run in so his season is over and it was non-existent, but he was going well enough prior to York, showing no real signs of enormous deterioration.

“His work had been very good, so it’s very disappointing he wasn’t able to run this year, but he could come back next year as a 10-year-old. I don’t think the injury he sustained is going to hinder him going forward and if we get a good clean run with him next year, we’ll have another go at the Ascot Gold Cup.”

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