Meehan eyeing Irish champion for Kaieteur

Connections of Kaieteur are considering a possible tilt at the Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next month with the colt.

Connections of Kaieteur are considering a possible tilt at the Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next month with the colt.

The Brian Meehan-trained four-year-old dead-heated for third place – promoted to joint second – behind the subsequently disqualified Storming Home in last weekend’s Arlington Million in Chicago.

Storming Home was adjudged to have interfered with Meehan’s charge and the other joint-third Paolini and was demoted to fourth with the race being awarded to Sulamani, who challenged on the outside avoiding the trouble.

“He came back last Tuesday. He travelled really well,” Meehan said today.

“The plans are very open at the moment. I think we’ll probably consider the Irish Champion Stakes or we might wait until the English Champion.

“He’s entered in everything and I think he possibly could get a mile and a half. The faster the better for him but he seems to go on any ground.

“He’s a lovely horse to train.”

Recalling the American race Meehan said: “I think if he hadn’t been interfered with I think he would have genuinely been second. The local stewards agreed and put him second so I was very pleased.”

Kaieteur could meet the likes of Alamshar, High Chaparral and Juddmonte International Stakes winner Falbrav, who beat him into third in the Coral-Eclipse, at Leopardstown on September 6.

The Lambourn trainer believes Kaieteur deserves his chance against the best.

He said: “If Storming Home had run straight the other day we would have beaten Sulamani and that puts him that category. Falbrav did his form good the other day so he stacks up with them.”

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