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McGuinness looking to 2022 campaign with A Case Of You

Ado McGuinness is excited to see what A Case Of You can achieve next season after deciding to give his stable star a well-earned break.

Narrowly beaten in the Flying Five at the Curragh in September, the son of Hot Streak proved that effort was no fluke by providing his trainer with a first Group One success in the Prix de l’Abbaye.

A Case Of You then journeyed to California, where he was far from disgraced in finishing fifth behind American speedster Golden Pal in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar.

Connections had been considering another foreign mission in Hong Kong, but the three-year-old will not run again in 2021.

McGuinness said: “He’s all good and I was delighted with his run at the Breeders’ Cup.

“He finished very strongly and I think he’ll have learnt a lot from running at Del Mar, definitely.

“We were going to go to Hong Kong, but it would be his third run out of the country in three months and with the travelling and everything, we’ve decided to put him away and mind him.

“We want him for next season and there’s a lot to look forward to.”

A Case Of You could be on his travels again in the early part of 2022, with an appearance at Meydan a distinct possibility.

Ado McGuinness has enjoyed a memorable autumn with A Case Of You
Ado McGuinness has enjoyed a memorable autumn with A Case Of You (PA)

“We could look at Dubai before bringing him back for races like the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot,” McGuinness added.

“We’ll definitely look at the Flying Five at the backend, hopefully the Abbaye again and then if he’s safe and sound, the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland – I wouldn’t be afraid to go back with him.

“There isn’t a great programme for sprinters in Ireland. The Flying Five is the only Group One race and you’d carry penalties in all the other races.

“I’m not saying he wouldn’t be good enough to win those with a penalty, but it will be Group Ones we’ll chase with him.

“When you have a horse as good as him and we’re able to showcase him around the world, that’s what we’ll do.”

No ground concerns ahead of A Case Of You’s Turf Sprint test

Ado McGuinness is confident A Case Of You can make his presence felt in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint after walking the course at Del Mar on Wednesday.

The Hot Streak colt has come a long way since scoring at Dundalk in mid-March, going on to win a Group Three at Naas and finish a close second as a 33-1 shot for the Flying Five at the Curragh.

The three-year-old proved that effort was no fluke by providing his trainer with a first Group One success in a heavy ground Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp last month.

And while he will face an a very different test in California this weekend, McGuinness believes his stable star is ready for the challenge.

“He’s settled in really well. He had a jump out the gates and everything looks good,” said the Irish trainer.

“We gave him a breeze for two and a half furlongs and Ronan (Whelan, jockey) was very happy with him.

“It’s a very strange type of turf – it’s like a sponge. I actually thought it was going to be a lot quicker than what it is. If it’s like this on Saturday, I’d be happy enough.

“He handles soft ground, but I think he’s well capable of running a huge race on this ground.”

A Case Of You primed for Breeders’ Cup bid

A Case Of You is in fine shape and acclimatising well in California as he bids for a fairytale Breeders’ Cup victory at Del Mar.

The three-year-old has already provided Ado McGuinness with his first Group One success – when finishing with a flourish to get up for a thrilling short-head verdict in the Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp on Arc day.

A Case Of You had last year’s returning Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint heroine Glass Slippers five lengths behind him in third that day.

McGuinness can therefore have realistic hopes of cracking America too, and he reports that the transatlantic venture is going very much to plan so far.

“He’s in great form, and we’re very happy with him,” said the County Dublin trainer.

“He travelled over really well, and the guys told me he was in great form. The flying didn’t take anything out of him.”

McGuinness acknowledges a tough and very different test awaits A Case Of You at the weekend – and that a favourable draw will be a big help.

He added: “Fingers crossed, it’s exciting times – and we’re hoping for a low draw now.

“The draw is very important over there, because it’s a very tight track – but he won’t win it if I leave him at home.

“The last day was a big day. People were saying he wasn’t fast enough, but the Abbaye is as fast a five furlongs as you’ll ever get.

“We’re delighted with his work and can only hope that he’ll do us justice and run a big race over there.”

McGuinness eager to take Breeders’ Cup challenge with A Case Of You

Adrian McGuinness is backing A Case Of You to produce a “huge run” as his first ever contender at the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar in November.

The three-year-old was last seen winning the Group One Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on October 3, a race that secured his ticket to the $1million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

A tilt at the Prix de l’Abbaye was a late decision for the trainer, who was inspired to supplement A Case Of You for the race after his half-length defeat at the hands of Romantic Proposal in the Curragh’s Flying Five Stakes.

The Longchamp contest saw the costly decision to head to France justified however, and gave the colt another shot at gaining a ‘win and you’re in’ place at the Breeders’ Cup.

“Straight after the Flying Five we said we had to go to France,” McGuinness said.

“It wasn’t a case that you had to put your hand in your pocket, he’d earned his money to go there and we decided that we had to go.

“It was either the Abbaye or Ascot, we felt if Ascot got very heavy it would be a real testing slog, so we decided to supplement him for France even though that was sharp.”

The race was a tense watch for McGuinness with Corine Barande-Barbe’s Air De Valse making all of the running and A Case Of You only just catching her on the line to prevail by a short head in a photo finish.

“There was somebody standing beside me in the stands who thought I had gone mad,” McGuinness said.

“The last half a furlong I knew he was coming. I came off the stands and thought ‘I hope it’s not another second in a Group One’, because after being second in the Flying Five I thought ‘will I ever be that close again?’.

“It was a long minute or so before it was called, the joy and the celebrations after it though were unbelievable.”

The decision to take up the slot in Del Mar was an easy one for McGuinness, who was disappointed to have missed the earlier chance at the Curragh.

“We did think of the Breeders’ Cup after the Flying Five, a ‘win and you’re in’, and it was pity we were only second,” he said.

“He’s only had three races since June, once we were told we’re a ‘win and you’re in’ it was a no brainer for us.

“It’s a great thrill for us to have a horse to go there, it’s brilliant for us to get out there and see what it’s all about.”

A Case Of You has produced some of his best performances on softer going, but the ground on his Flying Five run was good and McGuinness is sure he will handle the Del Mar turf.

“They tell me it’s not flint hard,” he said.

“It’s quick but there is lovely sponge in the surface out there.

“The ground in the Flying Five wasn’t slow that day, he handled it well, and I think he’ll handle it.

“He handles soft ground, but I think he’ll be better on nice ground.

“I think if the horse produces what he is capable of doing, it will take a good horse to beat him.

“The draw is key, we’d love a low draw which would be massive help to him, I’d be confident that he’s going to run a huge race out there.”

A Case Of You in top shape after Abbaye heroics – now for Breeders’ Cup

A tilt at Breeders’ Cup glory is next on the agenda for A Case Of You following his popular success in the Prix de l’Abbaye on Sunday.

Having narrowly missed out on being a first Group One winner for trainer Ado McGuinness in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh last month, the son of Hot Streak went one place better on Arc day – sparking jubilant scenes in the ParisLongchamp winner’s enclosure.

A Case Of You arrived back to his home on the outskirts of Dublin on Tuesday morning – and provided he pleases connections when returning to full work, he looks set to head for Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

McGuinness said: “We had a great night on Sunday. That’s what life’s all about really.

“The horse came off the truck this morning and we’re very happy – he’s 100 per cent. He’s a great horse to grub – he’s never left a nut at all. He’ll go out for a roll and a pick of grass now.

“He’ll get a few nice, easy days to freshen up and then we’re going to prepare him for Del Mar, so long as there are no mishaps or anything.

“We’ll make an entry for Hong Kong as well, just in case there’s a hiccup going to America.

“The Turf Sprint is five-and-a-half (furlongs) and it’s a bit tight, but if he had a nice draw I think it would make a big difference and I think this lad would come from anywhere.”

Jubilant scenes after the victory of A Case Of You
Jubilant scenes after the victory of A Case Of You (PA)

Whatever happens in California, McGuinness is already looking forward to seeing what his stable star can achieve as a four-year-old in 2022.

He added: “He’s going to be a fabulous horse next year. You could say put him away, but there’s only one Breeders’ Cup, he’s in the form of his life and I think he’s getting better.

“If the horse is fit and healthy to travel he will travel and if he’s not fit and healthy he won’t travel.

“But at this present moment, we’re looking at tickets anyhow.”

McGuinness planning Abbaye outing for A Case Of You

Adrian McGuinness’ A Case Of You is heading to France as he is set to be supplemented for the Group One Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp.

The three-year-old was last seen finishing second in the Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on September 12, coming home half a length behind Romantic Proposal having started at 33-1.

That performance was the colt’s first run over five furlongs, with his prior victories having been collected over six or six and a half furlongs in the Group Three Anglesey Stakes, the Dundalkstadium.com Race and the Group Three Lacken Stakes.

A Case Of You will now tackle a sprint trip again on October 3, with the last call for entries for the five-furlong event on September 30.

“He’s going to be supplemented for the Abbaye, so he goes there next week,” McGuinness confirmed.

“He came out of his race really well, he was bouncing and very happy.

“I think he’s improved, it was his first time over five (furlongs) and I really am looking forward to a big run there (ParisLongchamp).

“People were telling me that he was a seven (furlong) horse and that he needed six (furlongs), but he showed me a lot of natural speed at home.

“That’s why we decided to drop back to five, it was his first run ever over five.

“For a three-year-old to run for the first time ever over five furlongs, taking on some of the best sprinters in training and to finish the way he finished, you couldn’t complain.”

Should the son of Hot Streak fare well in Paris, a voyage further afield could be on the agenda as McGuinness is considering another international speed contest in the shape of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

“We’ll make plans after that, we’ll see which way the Abbaye goes, but there is a possibility that if he ran well he might go to the Breeders’ Cup,” he said.

“Either way I do think he’s definitely going to get better, he’s an exciting horse to look forward to for the future.”

McGuinness eyeing Ascot run for Naas hero A Case Of You

A Case Of You relished the soft ground at Naas to take the Group Three Goffs Lacken Stakes for Ronan Whelan and Adrian McGuinness.

The three-year-old bounced back from a disappointing performance in the 2,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown in April, when he started as the 9-4 favourite.

This time the colt ran on the heels of the leading group when dropping back to six furlongs, eventually involving himself in a tight four-way finish and crossing the line a neck ahead of Mooneista.

Ger Lyon’s Power Under Me was third past the post, but following a stewards’ inquiry, he was awarded second place with Mooneista demoted to third after the pair got close together in the dying strides.

“We gave him a break after Leopardstown where we were a bit disappointed with him,” McGuinness said of the 7-2 shot.

“He pulled hard that day and we said we’d drop him back to sprinting.

“Obviously that is his forte, he had to dig deep there today and he’s tough. I think he’ll improve a little bit as I haven’t been very hard on him, I gave him an easy time after Leopardstown.

“It’s great for the lads and at least they will be able to go to Royal Ascot now.

“He handles cut in the ground, but I worked him up the Curragh the other day and he travelled sweet on nice ground.

“They all tell me all-weather horses go well in Royal Ascot and his Dundalk run with Logo Hunter and Mooneista is rock solid form now.”