Weld pair chasing Naas honours

Trainer Dermot Weld is hopeful Rasmeyaa and Salhooda will be in the thick of the action in tomorrow's Clodovil EBF Garnet Stakes at Naas.

Weld pair chasing Naas honours

Trainer Dermot Weld is hopeful Rasmeyaa and Salhooda will be in the thick of the action in tomorrow's Clodovil EBF Garnet Stakes at Naas.

Thirteen fillies have been declared for the one-mile contest, with the Listed status offering an opportunity for the participants to increase their potential values as broodmares in the future.

Rasmeyaa has already been highly tried, finishing down the field in the Irish 1,000 Guineas in May before making a pleasing return from a break to finish third in the Group Three Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary in August.

On Salhooda's only previous run in Listed company, she finished seventh when favourite for the Cheshire Oaks at Chester in May,

Weld said: "Salhooda is rated 95 and I would like to get some black type with her.

"Rasmeyaa ran a very good race in the Fairy Bridge at Tipperary and I would be hopeful of getting some more black type with her."

Uleavemebreathless ran an excellent race to fill the runner-up spot at Group Three level at Gowran Park last month and Co Tyrone handler Andy Oliver is anticipating another bold show this weekend.

He said: "She is a lovely, big, honest filly and she has done nothing wrong all year.

"She is improving again towards the end of the season and is ground versatile."

There are two challengers from England, with Hugo Palmer's Audacia joined by the Roger Varian-trained Spinacre.

Palmer said: "I ran her in two Listed races (over a mile and a quarter) and the jockeys said she didn't stay both times.

"I didn't listen the first time, but I'm dropping her back in trip to a mile now.

"She ran extremely well at Yarmouth and we are bringing her over hopefully to get some black type.

"She is in really good heart and it cannot be too soft for her. She has great big feet and she will swim through it.

"She will be my first runner at Naas. I've had runners in Ireland before and I was beaten a nose in the Tattersalls Sales race last year (with Tipping Over)."

Spinacre makes her debut for Varian, having previously been trained by Kevin Prendergast in Ireland and Pascal Bary in France.

Varian said: "This will be her first run for me. I haven't had her too long but she is in good condition.

"She had a high level of form as a two-year-old and reading back through her form, yielding ground shouldn't be a problem for her.

"We decided to go to Ireland as there is limited options now towards the end of the season, and I wanted to run her on the turf.

"She is a Listed winner and hopefully she will pick up more black type."

Pearl Of Africa, Wannabe Better and Tobann also feature in the line-up.

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