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Naas next for impressive An Saighdiur after victory at Cork

Updated: Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014 12:03 | Comments

An Saighdiur will go in the  Woodlands Stakes at Naas on 28 April
An Saighdiur will go in the Woodlands Stakes at Naas on 28 April

An Saighdiur will be targeted at the Woodlands Stakes at Naas on 28 April following his runaway victory at Cork on Sunday.

Andrew Slattery's charge cut out much of the running in the Listed Cork Stakes in the hands of Billy Lee, and sluiced through the testing conditions to come home with five lengths in hand.

Slattery trains just a handful of horses to run under Rules from his base in Cooldine in Tipperary and is thrilled to have such a talented sprinter on his hands.

He said: "We only have six or seven horses to run on the Flat and six or seven jumpers to run under Rules.

"We also have a 10 or 15 point-to-point horses. We had horses like Faugheen, Monksland and Invictus when they won their point-to-points, but we have to sell them to keep the business going.

"We have around 20 two-years-olds to go to the breeze-ups as well and they look a good bunch, so things are going well.

"This horse (An Saighdiur) has always been a good horse.

"He was unlucky in the Silver Cup at Ayr a couple of times and we bounced out and made the running with him at Cork the other day, which made all the difference.

"He's gone up to 107 after that, so he's going to have to run in the good races and we'll see where he fits in.

"He'll go for the Woodlands Stakes next time, which is back over five furlongs.

"That trip is a bit short for him, really, but there aren't many races he can run in now, so we'll give it a go.

"Cut in the ground is important to him, so if we have a dry summer like last year, I might give him a break and bring him back later in the season.

"There are some nice races for him towards the back-end if we go that way."

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