Safe Voyage likely to miss Boomerang defence

Safe Voyage is unlikely to defend his crown in the Clipper Logistics Boomerang Mile at Leopardstown.

John Quinn’s stable stalwart bagged his third Group-race victory on Irish Champions Weekend last season, before going on to finish a close third in the Prix de la Foret and then run at the Breeders’ Cup.

The eight-year-old opened his account for the current campaign in a Listed event at Chester in July, since when he has finished last in Goodwood’s Lennox Stakes and fifth in the City of York Stakes.

Safe Voyage has the option of returning to Ireland this weekend, but the prospect of fast ground means he is a doubtful runner there on Saturday

“The ground is very quick over there, so I don’t think Safe Voyage will be going,” said Quinn.

The Malton handler could still be represented on Irish Champions Weekend, with Keep Busy pencilled in for Sunday’s Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh.

Her stablemate Liberty Beach will not be joining her in the same Group One contest, however.

“Keep Busy might run in the Flying Five,” Quinn added.

“Liberty Beach won’t go – I think she might have had enough for the year.

“She’s had a hard enough season. It’s not set in stone yet, but she won’t go for the Flying Five – and we’ll see after that.”

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