Derby hero Swallow in good nick

Dermot Weld reports Budweiser Irish Derby hero Grey Swallow to be in top order following his impressive victory over North Light in Sunday’s Curragh Classic.

Dermot Weld reports Budweiser Irish Derby hero Grey Swallow to be in top order following his impressive victory over North Light in Sunday’s Curragh Classic.

The home-bred son of Daylami gave the Rosewell House handler his second win in the race following Zagreb’s six-length romp in 1996.

Grey Swallow relished the step up to a mile and a half as he ran out a half-length winner from the Vodafone Derby victor.

“He is in great form after his win and I am glad to hear that he is the highest-rated three-year-old colt in Europe now, but we’ll have to wait for the official ratings,” said Weld.

“I am just very pleased with the way he has taken the race.”

The grey, owned by a syndicate that includes Weld’s mother, will now probably be given a short rest before embarking on an autumn campaign.

“There has been no definite decision taken regarding future plans but it is most likely he will go for the Irish Champion Stakes and then the Arc de Triomphe,” Weld concluded.

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