Comet aims to fire

Up-and-coming trainer Andrew Kinsella takes on the battalions of Coolmore, Dermot Weld and Jim Bolger in the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes on Sunday.

Up-and-coming trainer Andrew Kinsella takes on the battalions of Coolmore, Dermot Weld and Jim Bolger in the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes on Sunday.

Kinsella believes Hallie’s Comet has her work cut out to actually win the Group Three but feels she is unlucky not to have a better record than one win from her four starts as a juvenile.

“She was a bit green first time out, but there were a lot of good horses in her first maiden when she was fourth,” explained Athy-based Kinsella.

“We wanted to go for the Weld Park so we took her to Dundalk next, and I don’t mind saying this, but the jockey gave her a shocker of a ride.

“She had to make up a lot of ground to be second to John Oxx’s Timabiyra and if she had maintained her position, I feel she could have won.

“The jockey didn’t learn and she made a late bid again in the Weld Park itself.

“I decided to get the best jockey possible for her maiden at Naas and Pat Smullen got the job done.”

Considering this race, Kinsella continued: “We’ve had a few hold ups with the weather and I have been building some new gallops but young Shane Foley likes her, and he said to me that he can’t tell me she will win, but if she runs respectably it will give us something to go at.

“She has to improve a lot to win this, but she is really a miler and I think she has come on a bit over the winter.”

Leading the opposition is Aidan O’Brien’s Heart Shaped, who was just touched off in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Weld Park winner Chintz represents David Wachman while others of interest in the 11-runner field are Bolger’s Maoineach and Weld dark horse Dance Pass.

Bolger’s Dewhurst winner Intense Focus leads the six declared for the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial, supported by stablemate Vocalised.

In opposition are a pair of O’Brien chances Born To Be King and Hail Caesar - the mount of Johnny Murtagh – while Weld fields Liebermann and Kevin Prendergast has Recharge.

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