Connections’ Q&A: Champions Weekend

September 14, 2018 News

THERE is superb racing wherever you look this weekend with the St Leger at Doncaster, Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh plus Arc Trials day at Longchamp.
With so much good action – and so many top-quality horses – we spoke to some of those involved to find out who they are most looking forward to seeing.

Robert Cowell, trainer of Blue De Vega (1.50 Doncaster, Saturday)
He’s doing really well for his busy schedule. The ground will be fine and the extra half a furlong is something that should be no problem either. It’s a very competitive race though.

Charlie Hills, trainer of Phoenix Of Spain (3.00 Doncaster, Saturday)
He’s been in great form since York and has worked nicely. He’s a very strong horse now and is improving race by race.

Thomas Mullins, trainer of Mia Mento (3.20 Leopardstown, Saturday)
She’s really exciting. She worked very well this morning and we’re really looking forward to running her. The only little worry might be the seven furlongs at this stage in her career.

Tim Palin, syndicate manager for Raymond Tusk (3.35 Doncaster, Saturday)
Richard [Hannon, trainer] has always regarded him as one of the best in his yard and he thinks he’ll run a massive race. We’re still trying to find out how good he is and what his best trip is, but it seems the further he goes the better he is.

Oisin Murphy, rider of Roaring Lion (6.35 Leopardstown, Saturday)
I’m very excited. They’re very happy with him at home. I thought his performance at York was outstanding and he’s a hugely talented horse.

David O’Meara, trainer of Lord Glitters (9.48 Woodbine, Saturday)
It’s a road we’ve taken before and this race fits well with going to Ascot for Champions Day. He’s got a huge engine in him and is well able to quicken up in his races as he’s got a really good turn of foot.

David Lanigan, trainer of Worth Waiting (2.40 Longchamp, Sunday)
She’s in good form and she did a really nice piece of work last weekend. She seems in good order and we’re really excited about the race.

Pia Brandt, trainer of Neufbosc (4.10 Longchamp, Sunday)
He is really good in himself and exactly where I want him to be for this race and in his preparation for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. I’m pleased with him. He had an easy time after the Grand Prix de Paris but he’s been very good building up to this race so I hope he runs well.