No joy for Weld in Belmont Derby

Dermot Weld was out of luck in America on Saturday as Postulation could finish only sixth in the Belmont Derby.

No joy for Weld in Belmont Derby

The Khalid Abdullah-owned three-year-old was a narrow winner of the Silver Stakes at the Curragh on his penultimate outing, but Pat Smullen’s companion failed to trouble the judge at Belmont Park as Force the Pass emerged a brilliant three-and-three-quarter-length winner.

Successful trainer Alan Goldberg said: “We brought him up here three days ago - he’d never been here before – and he never turned a hair. We’ll give him the summer off and look towards the fall.”

Outstanding earned a decent chunk of prize-money in America on Saturday as Ballydoyle’s filly finished third in the Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes.

Colm O’Donoghue’s partner arrived in the USA after having secured back-to-back victories at Naas and ran creditably for Aidan O’Brien in the Grade One over a mile and a quarter. The daughter of Galileo was, however, no match for odds-on favourite Lady Eli, who held a three-and-a-half-length advantage over Outstanding at the line.

Wood Breizh looks to have booked a ticket to the Galway Festival after opening his Flat account in Ireland at Tipperary on Thursday.

His owners, Supreme Horse Racing Club, will now weigh up the options for the week-long Ballybrit bonanza, which starts at the end of the month.

Supreme racing manager Steve Massey said: “We were delighted with ’Woody’ the other night.

“He’s a good, fun horse for everyone that’s involved with him. He’s won two hurdle races as well and has been placed a good few times on the Flat and over jumps.

“We’ll go to Galway with him now, all being well, and, being so versatile, we won’t be short of options with him.

“He could go on the Flat or back over hurdles.”

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