Greatest Journey all set for Irish Cambridgeshire raid at Curragh

Sat 1 Sep 2018

Mick Appleby feels Greatest Journey could have a rewarding trip to the Curragh for the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire on Saturday.

The Rutland handler reports the six-year-old to be in prime condition for the valuable one-mile handicap, following a highly-encouraging first run for 148 days when the Raven’s Pass gelding was only beaten a head at Chelmsford.

Appleby’s main concern is whether Greatest Journey will adapt to grass, which he has not run on since May 2015 at Newmarket, when he was trained by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin.

He was subsequently off the track until March and all his three appearances this year have been on an all-weather surface.

“He was unlucky not to win at Chelsmford last time. He needed the run, as he had been off for a while so that will just about put him spot on,” said Appleby.

“He is fragile, but he has got a lot of ability. This has been the plan for a while, whether he is as good on turf, I don’t know, as he hasn’t run on it too many times.

“Hopefully he should perform well. He is in the Cambridgeshire over here as well, so he might run in that afterwards.

“We might take him to Dubai in the winter as the owners are quite keen and I think he would like the dirt surface out there.”

There is a second UK raider in David O’Meara’s Firmament, while the home team is headed by Michael Halford’s Terzetto, Joseph O’Brien’s Band Of Outlaws and Sirjack Thomas from Joseph O’Brien’s stable.

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