O’Callaghan eyes maiden Group One with Steel Bull

Irish Independent - - Sport | Racing - Michael Ver­ney

STEEL BULL has changed own­er­ship and the im­pres­sive Mole­comb Stakes win­ner will bid to break Michael O’Callaghan’s Group One duck when sup­ple­mented into Sun­day’s Phoenix Stakes at the Cur­ragh for a cost of €20,000.

The Clodovil colt has won both his ju­ve­nile starts in com­mand­ing fash­ion, most re­cently at Group Three level in Good­wood, and O’Callaghan sold the ex­cit­ing sprinter to Chan­tal Re­gal­ado-Gon­za­lez while re­tain­ing train­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Re­gal­ado-Gon­za­lez’s fa­mil­iar red

and suc­cess Patrick yellow Sars­field by the silks Joseph have and been O’Brien Speak car­ried In pair Colours to of this year, and the Kil­dare trainer is hop­ing that Steel Bull can end his wait for a top-level tri­umph.

“He’s a very ex­cit­ing two-year-old, he’s an­swered ev­ery ques­tion very well so as long as he’s OK he’ll be sup­ple­mented,” O’Callaghan said.

“Most years we find a good ju­ve­nile or two and thank­fully we’ve found an­other which is very ex­cit­ing. Hope­fully he can be the one who breaks my duck in a Group One.”

One of those likely to face him is Ken Condon’s Rail­way Stakes win­ner Law Of In­dices and the Os­borne Lodge trainer con­tin­ued his scin­til­lat­ing form with vic­tory for Miss Amulet (12/1) in the in­au­gu­ral Listed Mar­well Stakes at Naas yes­ter­day.

A good sea­son got even bet­ter as Billy Lee’s mount came with a late surge to win a shade cosily and up­set Ger Lyons’ hot favourite Fre­netic (evens) by three quar­ters of a length.

Scep­ti­cal will also be on show this week­end with De­nis Ho­gan’s sta­ble star drop­ping down in class and tack­ling Group Three glory in the Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Kil­dare track.

Tal­ented ap­pren­tice Joey Sheri­dan will be back in the plate on Sun­day hav­ing missed his two Group One as­sign­ments in the UK – Frankie Det­tori was aboard on both oc­ca­sions – and big things are ex­pected from the Ex­ceed And Ex­cel geld­ing.

Ho­gan re­ported the 116-rated sprinter to be “in great nick” af­ter per­form­ing with credit at the high­est level in re­cent months, while sta­ble­mate Make A Chal­lenge is tak­ing a short break ahead of au­tumn tar­gets.

“Make A Chal­lenge is en­tered but will by­pass that one – we’ll try and keep them apart, and this will hope­fully be Scep­ti­cal’s day,” the 33-yearold said just days af­ter an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment from the sad­dle.

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