Si­menon fails to deliver the goods for Wick­low Blood­stock in Dubai

Bray People - - SPORT - HORSE RAC­ING EX­TRA With Wil­liam O’Toole

ALL EYES were on Mey­dan on Satur­day with the Dubai track play­ing host to the worlds rich­est horse race, the Dubai World Cup, but all Ir­ish run­ners in the race failed to raise a gal­lop.

The Wick­low Blood­stock owned Si­menon was a bit­ter dis­ap­point­ment in the Dubai Gold Cup.

Rid­den by Pat Smullen he was un­der pres­sure a long way from home and it could be pos­si­ble that his best days are be­hind him, al­though he is with the right man to get him back to win­ning ways

Closer to home, the flat sea­son in now well un­der­way and Der­mot Weld and Pat Smullen con­tin­ued their red-hot start to the new sea­son with an­other good dou­ble at Leop­ard­stown on Sun­day.

The dou­ble was ini­ti­ated when Fas­ci­nat­ing Rock ran out a gutsy win­ner of the Bul­mers Live At Leop­ard­stown Sum­mer Race­days 2014 Maiden.

Half an hour later the pair struck again when they landed the Listed 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes with Go For Goal.

De­spite a few horses with lofty profiles in the race he showed a re­ally like­able at­ti­tude and bat­tled on well to record a good 3/4s of a length vic­tory.

While he might not turn out to be as good as the horses he beat, he looks a tough gen­uine colt and he could be a horse to fol­low over the sum­mer.

The fea­ture race on the card, the Group 3 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes went the way of the Ai­dan O’Brien trained Bracelet. It was a tak­ing per­for­mance and she could well turn out to be an Oaks can­di­date.

As I said last week it is a funny time for horse rac­ing with the na­tional hunt sea­son wind­ing down and the flat sea­son start­ing to warm up.

There was some good jumps ac­tion over the last few days. The high­light was the win­ning re­turn to ac­tion for Rebel Fitz.

Mick Win­ters classy op­er­a­tor al­ways excels at this time of year and he is one to keep a very close eye on in the com­ing weeks.

At­ten­tion this week will turn to the Grand Na­tional meet­ing at Ain­tree. The Grand Na­tional which will take place on Satur­day looks like a tough race, as it al­ways is.

Away from the big races there are plenty of other good con­tests for pun­ters to en­joy, al­though it is worth point­ing out that form at the Chel­tenham fes­ti­val doesn’t al­ways carry through to the Grand Na­tional meet­ing.

On Thurs­day, Wil­lie Mullins’ An­nie Power will be out for com­pen­sa­tion when she goes for the Grade 1 Ain­tree hur­dle.

She will be very pop­u­lar al­though she must face The New One who looked very on lucky in the Cham­pion hur­dle three weeks ago.

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