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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.”

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.”

Current Option retains Galway title

Current Option successfully defended his crown in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Ahonoora” Handicap at Galway.

The Ado McGuinness-trained five-year-old was a narrow winner of the €100,000 contest 12 months ago, before going on to win at Listed and Group Three level by the end of 2020.

He finished seventh behind stablemate Sirjack Thomas in Tuesday’s BMW Mile, and the pair renewed rivalry in the Festival’s final-day feature.

There was drama from the start, with Archie Watson’s British challenger Stone Soldier unshipping Oisin Orr shortly after the stalls opened.

The loose horse threatened to cause trouble rounding the home turn, impeding 5-1 shot Current Option just as he was challenging another stable companion in Spanish Tenor for the lead.

However, 7lb claimer Cian MacRedmond managed to get his mount on an even keel and picked up well to score by half a length from the fast-finishing On A Session.

Spanish Tenor was third, with Sirjack Thomas fourth, to round off an excellent result for McGuinness.

He said of the winner: “I fancied him, because I thought he was the class horse in the race.

“He ran well the other night when Cian got blocked in. I love when you drop these Group horses back into handicaps like that. He’s proved that he’s a very good horse.

Current Option with connections in the Galway winner's enclosure
Current Option with connections in the Galway winner’s enclosure (Gary Carson/PA)

“Of course we got a big scare up the hill with the loose horse – but it worked out great.

“We had four in the first six, and I can’t believe it.”

Current Option looks set to make a swift return to action too.

“We’ll probably go to the Listed race next week in Cork, because he won’t carry a penalty,” McGuinness added.

“We did it last year. So if all goes well, we’ll do it again and then give him a break.”

Church Mountain won the opening race at Galway
Church Mountain won the opening race at Galway (Brian Lawless/PA)

The front-running Church Mountain (12-1) provided trainer Denis Hogan with his third winner of the week, digging deep for rider Joey Sheridan to land the Kenny Galway Volvo Handicap by half a length from Ten Ten Twenty.

Hogan said: “That was great, and Joey executed it well. We always liked this horse, from the time he ran as a two-year-old, but he’s a massive big lad and he’s still not the finished article.

“He’s grown all year and he’s babyish – you could see there he was very green in front.

“We’ve schooled him over hurdles, but we probably won’t go that route this year. We’ll let him mature first.”

Dermot Weld and Colin Keane combined to claim the Lord Hemphill Memorial Irish EBF Median Auction Maiden, with 15-2 shot Malayan.

The Lady O’Reilly-owned filly was a never-nearer sixth on her racecourse debut at Fairyhouse three weeks ago, but displayed marked improvement at Ballybrit – charging home to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

“The step up in trip helped, and she obviously came on for her first run,” said Keane.

“She’s still a filly that rides plenty green. So you’d imagine she will improve a good bit yet, and in time I’d imagine she will get an extra furlong if needs be.

“She could be a nice filly going forward, because I’d say there is a lot of improvement yet to come from her.”

Micro Manage was a clear-cut winner
Micro Manage was a clear-cut winner (Brian Lawless/PA)

Keane doubled up aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Micro Manage in the JPK Fencing Systems Race.

The 8-11 favourite eventually wore down the front-running Monas Melody before pulling three and three-quarter lengths clear inside the final furlong, giving Mullins his 10th winner of the week.

Keane said: “He did it well. He’s a horse with a good bit of form to his name to be fair to him.

“He’s a horse that they obviously thought highly of, and they ran him in the Irish Leger last year. He just probably wasn’t right on the day and disappointed.

“He’s a fine, big, strong horse – and talking to Willie beforehand, he thought he’d improve from the run. So to go and do it like that, you’d be very happy with him.”

Imposing Supreme (left) won again at Galway
Imposing Supreme (left) won again at Galway (Brian Lawless/PA)

Imposing Supreme notched his second win of the Festival in the Ardilaun Hotel Handicap.

Victorious over an extended mile on Tuesday, Tom Gibney’s charge was the 2-1 favourite to follow up – dropping down to seven furlongs.

Ridden by Chris Hayes, the grey knuckled down well once meeting the rising ground to beat Fridtjof Nansen by half a length.

Gibney said: “That’s brilliant. He came out of Tuesday’s race as well as I’ve ever seen him and gave us huge confidence for today.

“It’s great that it’s coming together for him now at this stage of the game. We were very disappointed with him last year when we thought we’d do well.

“The handicapper went to town on him after Tuesday, and it seems a bit exaggerated to me, but it was great to win again today anyway.”

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.”

Murtagh excited as Know It All returns

Johnny Murtagh is excited to get Know It All’s season under way in the TRI Equestrian Gladness Stakes at the Curragh.

A winner over the course and distance as a juvenile two seasons ago, the Qatar Racing-owned filly is bidding to double her Group Three tally on her return to action on Saturday – following victory in the Derrinstown Stud Fillies Stakes last summer.

Know It All went on to perform with credit at Group One level on her next two appearances, finishing a close-up third in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville and then fourth behind stablemate Champers Elysees in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

“We’re looking forward to getting her season started,” said County Kildare trainer Murtagh.

“She’s ready to start off, and we’re hopeful of a big year ahead.

“We’re excited to get her out.”

Know It All is one of 12 horses declared for the seven-furlong contest, with last year’s winner Lancaster House returning to defend his crown for Aidan O’Brien.

Other hopefuls include Joseph O’Brien’s Speak In Colours, Tom Dascombe’s British raider Brad The Brief and and the Ado McGuinness-trained Current Option, who is expected to improve from his comeback run when fourth at Dundalk last month.

“I think Current Option will run a big race in the Gladness,” said McGuinness.

“I knew he was a bit short going to Dundalk, and he’s always a bit gassy starting off. He likes to have a run, and it’s good to get that under his belt.

“He’s done a few bits of work, and I’m happy with him.”

Group Three honours are also up for grabs in the Holden Plant Rentals Alleged Stakes, in which McGuinness saddles the high-class Bowerman.

Winner of the Diamond Stakes at Dundalk last autumn, the seven-year-old made a successful start to 2021 when landing a valuable prize in Qatar in February.

McGuinness added: “Bowerman has his first run back since his trip away. Hopefully the ground won’t be too dead.

“He’s up against it, but it’s great to have horses that are capable of running in these races.

“We are looking at a race at Belmont in June that we have got an invitation to, but it’s such a hassle with the Covid – and you could end up having a member of staff away for a month.

“It’s very expensive for one horse, and we are doing a costing on the whole thing at the moment.

“It’s a $700,000 race, and I’d love to go, but it’s such a hassle.”

The one to beat in the Alleged Stakes is Aidan O’Brien’s Broome, who impressed with victory on his seasonal debut in the Listed Devoy Stakes at Naas three weeks ago.

The Ballydoyle handler’s son Joseph has a trio of contenders in Numerian, Pondus and Thundering Nights.

All smiles for McGuinness after Laugh A Minute’s Cork success

Laugh A Minute was a surprise winner of the Listed Sean Barrett Bloodstock Stakes at Cork.

A smart performer a couple of years ago for Roger Varian, Laugh A Minute was on a losing streak of nine since winning on his second outing for Ado McGuinness.

Well beaten when favourite at Dundalk last time out, Gavin Ryan’s mount looked to have plenty to do with two furlongs to run.

Eventual runner-up Fiscal Rules and Gustavus Weston were in the process of battling it out, with the favourite Lustown Baba and Make A Challenge all in there pitching.

However, Laugh A Minute found a rare turn of foot and soon quickened clear to win by a decisive two lengths at 16-1.

Fiscal Rules did well to cling on for second – with Make A Challenge, who was not disgraced in Group One company on a couple of occasions last season, back in third.

“We were running this lad in Premier Handicaps – and his work at home was very, very good – and we said we’d bite the bullet this year and go back to Listed races,” said McGuinness.

“He is a good horse and has been galloping with Harry’s Bar (stablemate). He had Group form before we got him, and had solid form. He is a little hyper but was on song today, and I’m blessed that I have a good bunch of horses.

“Gavin (Ryan) said it rode a really good race, and he picked up and put the race to bed in a matter of strides.

“I’d say his handicapping days are over now, and he’ll stay in Stakes races. We have plenty of options for him.”

Casanova primed to kickstart campaign in Irish Lincolnshire

Ado McGuinness is eyeing the Irish Lincolnshire as the springboard to a lucrative season for his new recruit Casanova.

The five-year-old made his debut for McGuinness’ Lusk stable in January, finishing third in a seven-furlong Dundalk handicap on his first start after leaving John Gosden’s powerhouse Newmarket operation.

The new turf Flat season begins at the Curragh on Sunday, and Casanova is all set for the valuable Paddy Power-sponsored feature handicap.

McGuinness said: “We’re happy with him – we were very happy with his run at Dundalk, and we just decided to keep him for the Lincoln then.

“He’s had a couple of bits of work on grass and I think if the horse settles, he’ll run a big race – he is inclined to pull hard in his races.”

Casanova is drawn 17th of 24 runners, something the trainer does not think will hamper his chances over the one-mile trip.

“It’s not ideal, but I don’t think it’s as bad over the mile as it would be over the sprints,” he said.

“I don’t think it’ll have that much effect, because he’ll be running into the elbow, so I think he’ll be fine.”

McGuinness has a number of other future handicaps in his sights for Casanova, with a trip back across the Irish Sea to England a possibility at some stage.

“We had him in the the English Lincoln, but I don’t think he’ll be high enough to get in,” he added.

“He’ll target all the premier handicaps in Ireland, which are worth a good bit of money – the likes of the Galway Festival, Guineas weekend.

“We’ll target all those good races with him, and see if we can pick one of them up.

“There’s the likes of the Galway Mile – and maybe, if he goes up a few pounds, he could travel to England for one of the big handicaps.

“They’re worth a good bit of money at home, though, so we tend to keep a lot of our horses here.

“Long-term plan, Galway, that would be a big aim for him.”

A gelded son of Frankel, Casanova won both a maiden and a handicap before McGuinness acquired him for owners Dooley Thoroughbreds for 15,000 guineas.

“He wasn’t overly expensive – we thought he would have been a bit more expensive really,” he said.

“He has ability, he’s a little bit keen in his races, but he seems to be a lot more settled now than he was, so I’m very happy with him at the moment.”

Among Casanova’s rivals in a typically competitive renewal, Ken Condon runs Teed Up.

The Gleneagles gelding has a race record of three victories and three second places in six runs, but Condon believes he will need to improve this weekend.

“He seems to have the profile, but this is going to be very competitive –  he’ll need to have improved from three to four,” said the Kildare trainer.

“Hopefully he has – but as I said it’s a competitive race, as you expect for a Lincoln – they always are.

The forecast testing ground is something Teed Up should cope with at least, because much of his best form has come in similar conditions.

“It’s always a test, and he’s handled it previously there a few times in the autumn,” added Condon.

“So that’ll be a help – because they’ll need to handle the conditions.

“Hopefully he’s improved. He’ll need to – he’s up a little bit in the weights, and it’s very competitive.

“He’s still open to improvement, being lightly raced, so we’ll see.”

Sheila Lavery’s Quizical will also appreciate conditions, with any further softening in the ground welcomed by his trainer.

Quizical, ridden by AP McCoy, wins the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland on Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh
Quizical, ridden by AP McCoy, wins the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland on Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh (Niall Carson/PA)

“He’s won at the Curragh, so we know he runs well there,” she said.

“The big thing with Quizical is the ground, he’s very ground-dependent, and this ground should suit him.

“There might be a couple of showers, which would be to my benefit because it might loosen it up.

“He’s where I’d want him to be, going into his first race, so fingers crossed.”

Like Casanova, Quizical – winner of the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland under Sir Anthony McCoy in 2019 – was also entered in the Lincoln at Doncaster next week, but that engagement was vetoed because of the more suitable going at the Curragh.

“We had him in at Doncaster as well – but as the ground at the Curragh seems to suit him, we’ll run him there,” Lavery explained.

“He wintered well, and we’re hoping for a big run. But he’s got a bad draw (21 of 24) – it’s a very high draw, so it just depends what side they go to.

“If they go to the normal side, the rails side, he’s got a very bad draw – but if they come to the stands side, he’s got a good draw.”

McGuinness delighted following Bowerman’s Doha success

Ado McGuinness has reflected on a very profitable weekend overseas, which saw Bowerman win in Qatar and Saltonstall pick up some big prize money in Saudi Arabia.

The seven-year-old Bowerman overcame a wide draw to win the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cup in Doha, beating the ex-Brian Meehan inmate Dominus in a race worth over £80,000 to the winner.

McGuinness will now look at all the major races over a mile in Europe, with a Group Three win already in the locker.

“We were very happy. I thought he’d run a massive race and he did, but he had plenty against him. He had to do all the travelling and was drawn out wide on a tight track, so it’s great for everybody involved,” said McGuinness.

“He’s lightly-raced. He’s not the easiest to train, but he’s still improving. We felt he was the class horse in the race, so we had to go and we got proved right.

“We’ll get him home and freshen him up. He’s not a soft ground horse. We were thinking of getting him qualified for All-Weather Finals Day, but it was one or the other.

“He’s a dude of a horse, a lovely horse to train and we’re lucky to have him.”

Bowerman could step up to 10 furlongs, but McGuinness has Saltonstall – who was fourth behind Willie Mullins’ True Self in Saudi Arabia – for those races.

Saltonstall (right) winning at the Galway Festival
Saltonstall (right) winning at the Galway Festival (Niall Carson/PA)

“We could think about the Tattersalls Gold Cup (for Bowerman), but I think a fast-run mile really suits. There’s a lot of money to be picked up pot hunting in the big races. Saltonstall won plenty for coming fourth in Saudi,” said McGuinness, who also took Harry’s Bar to Riyadh.

“Harry’s Bar just didn’t like the dirt. I thought he would, but they go so fast in those races and he didn’t enjoy the kickback. We’ll try to qualify him for the All-Weather Finals, but our programme in Ireland doesn’t make that easy. He’s rated a bit lower on the grass, which is an option for Ascot and the like.”

Bowerman bags Qatar prize on big weekend for McGuinness team

Bowerman gave trainer Ado McGuinness a notable international success with victory in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cup in Qatar on Friday.

The seven-year-old overcame a wide draw to scoop the £83,000 first prize in the local Group Two contest over a mile at Doha.

Ridden by Ronan Whelan, Bowerman led inside the furlong and held Dominus by a neck. It was the perfect start to an important couple of days for the McGuinness team and in a further boost Betrayed and Thrumps Dream gave the County Dublin trainer a double nearer home in Dundalk.

“It’s been a very special day. Ado’s brother Laurence passed away a few weeks ago so we all needed a bit of a lift. He was obviously looking down on us today,” said McGuinness’ assistant, Stephen Thorne, from Dundalk.

“Ronan (Whelan) gave Bowerman a remarkable ride. We were drawn wide and the stats were against us, but he was very cool on the horse.

“He picked up well and won well at the line. Our ex-apprentice Ian Brennan is representing us out there.”

McGuinness himself is in Saudi Arabia supervising his two runners there on Saturday.

“Ado is in Riyadh were we have Harry’s Bar and Saltonstall running and fingers crossed we can get a bit of luck there,” Thorne added.

“Saltonstall is prominent in the betting and his race has cut up, so we just need a bit of luck. It’s a race for a million dollars, and Harry’s Bar is in the dirt sprint – a million-and-a-half race.

“It’s dream stuff to even be represented by them.”

Harry’s Bar raring to go for Saudi assignment

Ado McGuinness is excited at the prospect of running Harry’s Bar in the Saudi Arabian Airlines Riyadh Dirt Sprint next week.

The trainer bought the six-year-old gelding for 75,000 guineas at Tattersalls Horses In Training Sales in October – and less than four months later he will be racing for a prize worth $1,500,000 over six furlongs in the Middle East.

So far, Harry’s Bar has been a revelation since his move from James Fanshawe’s Newmarket stables, winning both his starts for the County Dublin handler at Dundalk.

“He’s in great form. He’s come back 100 per cent from his last race, he’s cantering away and he’s heading out to Saudi on Sunday morning,” said McGuinness.

“They tell me it’s the closest dirt track to an all-weather surface probably in the world. He’s an all-weather specialist so hopefully he’ll act on it.”

McGuinness felt his head was on the block when he ran Harry’s Bar shortly after buying him at the sales.

“We’ve only run him twice and the first day when he won the Listed race if he had got beat and finished down the field I’d have been called all sorts, because he’d only come out of the sales and run a few days later,” he said.

“We gambled and it worked. He’s a very good horse and is enjoying life here.

Ado McGuinness has two runners in Saudi Arabia and one in Qatar next week
Ado McGuinness has two runners in Saudi Arabia and one in Qatar next week (PA)

“His win at Dundalk last week was a very good performance.

“The handicapper put his turf rating up 3lb after that and left his all-weather mark alone. I couldn’t understand that.

“If he goes back to the grass I think he’ll be a nice horse for the Wokingham.”

Salstonstall is set to join his stablemate in Saudi Arabia for a conditions race worth $1m after he runs at Dundalk on Friday.

McGuinness’ stable stalwart faces just four rivals when he has his first race for 88 days in the Hollywoodbets Horse Racing And Sports Betting Race.

“He’s heading for Saudi as well all being well,” he went on.

Bowerman has a big-race date in Qatar
Bowerman has a big-race date in Qatar (PA)

“He’s in really good form after his break. I’m looking forward to getting him out and about.

“It’s not going to be easy in Saudi, but I think he’ll run a big race there.

Not too far away in Qatar, another McGuinness inmate, Bowerman, will fly the flag in a local Group Two at Doha over a mile.

“Bowerman goes to Doha next week for mile Group Two on the grass on the Friday night. We’d have gone for the bigger race there, only the handicapper dropped him,” he said.