Mick Halford has Irish Champions Weekend aim for Curragh scorer Riyazan

Thu 10 Aug 2017

Mick Halford will aim his Curragh maiden winner Riyazan at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend.

Sent off at 25-1, the Aga Khan-owned colt created a good impression when beating Aidan O'Brien's odds-on favourite Nelson by two and three-quarter lengths on Monday.

Halford will now look towards the Group Three Willis Towers Watson Champion Juvenile Turf Stakes – registered as the Golden Fleece – on September 9 for the son of Iffraaj.

The County Kildare handler told www.michaelhalford.com: "His work at home had been good and we were expecting a decent showing from him.

"He won in the style of a smart horse and he'll go to Leopardstown on Champions Day for the Golden Fleece Stakes.

"There is no reason to think that he won't be a better horse next year and we'll learn a bit more about him at Leopardstown.

"I'd like to think he will improve plenty for this run at the Curragh and Pat Smullen was impressed with him."

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