Weld tar­gets Hong Kong Group One raid with Eziyra

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - RACINGNEWS -

BRIAN O’CON­NOR

Der­mot Weld is con­tem­plat­ing giv­ing Eziyra a shot at Group One glory in Hong Kong next month.

The Aga Khan-owned filly is among the Ir­ish en­tries for the Longines In­ter­na­tional Car­ni­val at the Sha Tin track on De­cem­ber 10th.

Eziyra hasn’t run since win­ning her sec­ond Group Three prize in the En­ter­prise Stakes over Ir­ish Cham­pi­ons Week­end and her 2017 cam­paign may not be over yet.

“She is in both races (the Hong Kong Vase at a mile and a half and the Hong Kong Cup at a mile and a quar­ter) and we will see how she is be­fore de­cid­ing which of those she may run in,” Weld said.

“She has been a very con­sis­tent filly for us this sea­son, win­ning two Group Threes and fin­ish­ing third to En­able in the Oaks at the Cur­ragh,” he added.

Aidan O’Brien also has both Hong Kong races as op­tions for High­land Reel while Wil­lie Mullins has left his Mel­bourne Cup trio of Max Dy­na­mite, Thomas Hob­son and Wick­low Brave in the Hong Kong Vase.

The 2017 Bri­tish flat sea­son might have tech­ni­cally wound up at As­cot’s Cham­pi­ons Day but the cross-chan­nel turf cam­paign closes at Don­caster on Satur­day where Ir­ish in­ter­est will cen­tre on the Listed Went­worth Stakes.

The for­mer Group One heroes Maarek and G Force take their chance in the six-fur­long sprint with the 2013 Prix de l’Ab­baye win­ner Maarek hav­ing his 76th ca­reer start.

Ap­pren­tice Kil­lian Hen­nessy takes the mount on the 10-year-old mud-lover who re­turned to win­ning form in a Na­van hand­i­cap last time.

Walsh in­jury

Ruby Walsh is set for a week on the side­lines af­ter he bruised his right hand in a fall at Down Royal ear­lier this month. The lead­ing jumps jockey sus­tained the in­jury in a tum­ble from Mys­tic The­atre at the sec­ond-last flight of a Grade Three mares’ novice hur­dle on Novem­ber 3rd. He con­tin­ued rid­ing un­til Tues­day but now feels his hand needs time to heal.

“It’s sore so he’s go­ing to rest it for a week or so,” said Dr Adrian McGoldrick, the Ir­ish Turf Club’s se­nior med­i­cal of­fi­cer. “He’ll be back next week­end, I imag­ine.”

Walsh could re­turn at Punchestown’s two-day meet­ing on Novem­ber 18th-19th.

Der­mot Weld: “We will see how Eziyra is be­fore de­cid­ing which of those she may run in.”

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