Halford pair on course for Irish Leger

Mick Halford is charting a possible path to the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger with his two smart stayers Certerach and Dabadiyan.

Halford pair on course for Irish Leger

Both horses had their first runs since the Dubai Gold Cup at the end of March in the Curragh Cup at the weekend.

Certerach, who won in Dubai, finished second to Ernest Hemingway with Dabadiyan back in fourth spot.

“I was happy with both of them,” said Halford.

“Both are in the Irish Leger and at this stage it’s a feasible option for the pair of them.

“Before then Dabadiyan will probably go to Roscommon on Monday for the Lenebane Stakes and I think Certerach will go to Leopardstown on July 17 for the Challenge Stakes.

“Jamie (Spencer) seems to suit Certerach, he likes being dropped out and ridden on a long rein.”

Meanwhile, Tom Hogan hopes Gordon Lord Byron will be fit enough to return to action in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock in September.

Second and first in the last two renewals of the Merseyside Group One, the six-year-old has created a niche for himself as a true globetrotting sprinter.

Only eighth in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot last month, he returned with a pulled muscle.

“He tweaked a muscle, he had a very sore sacroiliac joint around his hamstring,” said Hogan.

“I think he did it jumping from the stalls. He was running free, which when older horses do that you know there’s something wrong.

“I knew after a furlong and a half he wouldn’t win.

“We’ve had all the best services out to see him, physio, vets, and he’s recovering well. Hopefully we’ll have him back in September for the Haydock Sprint Cup again, that seems to be his race.

“We’ll consider all invitations again, this time we might go the other way around the world!”

Ger Lyons, meanwhile, has admitted he was “mad” with himself for running Cappella Sansevero in the GAIN Railway Stakes at the Curragh so soon after his big effort in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Showcasing juvenile was purchased by Qatar Racing Ltd for a hefty sum just hours before his Ascot appearance but it looked a good buy for the future as he finished second to The Wow Signal.

Turning out 11 days later in the Group Two he was sent off the 6-4 favourite but he could only finish fifth behind Richard Hannon’s Kool Kompany, who had also run at Ascot.

Lyons will now give Cappella Sansevero a break.

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