Travel key to Wizz Sprint bid
Friday 19 October 2012
Connections of Irish-owned filly Wizz Kid are hoping concerns about her journey from France prove ill-founded ahead of the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot.
The four-year-old, who will be ridden Olivier Peslier, can be a poor traveller, but she was able to run her race 12 months ago when second to Deacon Blues and returns to Berkshire on the back of a storming Group One success nearer home.
That came in the Prix de l'Abbaye, where she pounced late to pip July Cup hero Mayson in the five-furlong dash on Arc day at Longchamp.
"She is great and we hope she can run as good a race as last year when she went very close and was second. She is in good condition after the Abbaye and the ground is perfect for her," said trainer Robert Collet's wife Micheline.
"The unique point always with her is travel. Sometimes she does not travel well. If she travels well, she will run well. She is due in Ascot on Friday evening."
Edward Lynam is just pleased to get Slade Power back on the track after the progressive three-year-old had to miss the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock last month after suffering a minor setback.
"He's in good form. Obviously things haven't gone to plan and we didn't get to run him in Haydock," said the County Meath trainer.
"We've done our best to get him as ready as we can. Whatever he does on Saturday will be a bonus. He's a next year horse, but he's a fresh horse coming into the race and we're happy with him. Hopefully he'll run a good race."
Maarek also carries Irish hopes and David Nagle's tough campaigner should relish conditions. The five-year-old was in action only last Sunday, when second to Katla at odds-on at the Curragh.
The trainer said: "The race last week didn't really work out to suit us. They didn't go fast enough. He seems in good form and there's no reason not to run him. Hell love the ground and it would be great if he could get placed. He's been super this year. He's run nine times and won plenty of prize money."