Yorkshire Cup proves to be a popular target

08:55 08 April 2012

David O

David O'Meara

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Horse Talk: Top horse-racing tips and the latest news

David O’Meara has revealed that connections of Group 2 winner Blue Bajan, a three time hurdle winner, decided against a return to obstacles and he will instead be aimed at the Yorkshire Cup.

Blue Bajan secured O’Meara’s biggest win in his three years as a trainer when he landed the Group 2 Henry II Stakes at Sandown last May, less than two weeks after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Yorkshire Cup.

In the York race last year he finished half a length adrift of Duncan who at his next start franked the form by winning the Irish St Leger. This year O’Meara’s stable star looks set to go up against a host of big names that include the likes of Red Cadeaux, Fame And Glory, Treasure Beach and Dandino.

“Blue Bajan has the Yorkshire Cup as his aim in May,” O’Meara confirmed.

“I wasn’t allowed to send Blue Bajan hurdling this winter, which is a shame given that he beat Overturn at Goodwood.

“To be fair, he’s broken down twice and the owners, the Hollowoods, daren’t risk him again.

“He surprised me winning a Group race. I was looking at races like the Ebor and Northumberland Plate but the owners wanted to win a Group race and they were right.

“His Sandown win is probably the highlight of my career so far but from Blue Bajan’s point of view I think the Goodwood Cup [close third] was probably a better run as he gave them all a penalty.”

Ed Dunlop, trainer of 2011 Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux confirmed the Yorkshire Cup as a target for the six-year-old who has won over £800k from five wins and a series of big-race placings.

“Red Cadeaux has wintered very well and he looks a stronger horse,” Dunlop said. “He had a long break after Hong Kong and has just started doing some faster work.

“We are happy with what we are seeing from him so far. The Yorkshire Cup is a possible starting point.”

Dandino’s trainer James Fanshawe said: “He looks really well and I am very pleased with him. The Yorkshire Cup is a race we shall look at, although he will definitely have a run first in either the Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham or the John Porter Stakes at Newbury.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest football news

Monday, February 8, 2016
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (John Walton/PA Wire)

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal and Leicester are set for a “very big” clash at the Emirates Stadium next Sunday after the title contenders both won over the weekend.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Paramedics and players surround Kurt Zouma (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink admits Kurt Zouma’s injury is a ‘bad one’ and he will find out more tomorrow.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Willian  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Chelsea drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and here’s how we rated the players.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Arsene Wenger  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believed that Mathieu Flamini’s controversial first half tackle on Dan Gosling was not a red card, contrary to the belief of the opposing manager Eddie Howe.

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Mesut Oezil  (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal got back to winning ways on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 win in the Barclays Premier League over AFC Bournemouth at The Vitality Stadium.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more
Surface Pro 4

Technology is ever evolving. We are constantly being shown new technology that is innovative, revolutionary and designed to make life easier for us all. Gone are the days of dial up modems and computers so large you needed half a room to store it. We are in the age of smooth, small and sleek. Companies are all trying their best to create technology that is easy to transport and guaranteed to be user friendly.

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport