Dermot Weld to chart Moyglare route with Chiara Luna

Mon 21 Aug 2017

Chiara Luna is set to represent her owners in the Group One race they sponsor, the Moyglare Stud Stakes, at the Curragh on September 10.

Trainer Dermot Weld is looking forward to stepping the War Front filly up to seven furlongs following her debut success over six at Leopardstown last week.

"Chiara Luna will go for the Moyglare," said the Rosewell handler.

"She came out of the race well and wants seven furlongs or a mile. She's out of a Ribblesdale Stakes winner.

"We took a chance running her over six but the reason for doing it was we were running against time and wanted to teach her.

"She would learn a lot more over six around Leopardstown than a mile at the Curragh, where they canter along and just quicken for a furlong.

"She's a nice filly."

The Weld yard has had a tough time this season and the trainer believes his stable jockey Pat Smullen faces an uphill task in winning the Irish jockeys' championship for a 10th time.

Smullen, who has been top of the pile for the last three years, currently trails Colin Keane.

Weld added: "Pat will find it very difficult to retain his title as a lot of the two-year-olds that I have are more staying bred and I won't rush them for later this year. 

"I'm hoping we might have a Derby horse for next year among them.

"We don't have a big, strong team of three-year-olds ready to run."

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