Strandfield Lady: bids for 14th career success at Galway this evening
PICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos)
STRANDFIELD LADY will be on the trail of a 14th win when she lines up for today’s feature at the Galway festival, the 1m4f Guinness Handicap (6.50).
The nine-year-old is the oldest of the 14 runners chasing a first prize of €60,000, and has done trainer Harry Rogers proud in a seven-season 92-race career.
She achieved her most recent success when scoring at Leopardstown, the track at which she has excelled, eight days ago and will be renewing rivalry with Egyptian Warrior, whom she beat by a head in the 1m6f event.
Named after her owner John Byrne’s Dundalk, County Louth home, Strandfield Lady is on a hat-trick and will have last year’s champion apprentice Connor King on board.
Rogers said: “She’s in good nick and the trip will be ideal for her. It will be only her second run at the track and she should handle it and the ground.
“She’s been a great servant and trying to find another like her will be difficult.”
As well as Galway, Glorious Goodwood continues, while there are also meetings at Bangor, Bath, Musselburgh, Newmarket and Thirsk.
Today’s key pointer
Luca Cumani’s ten-year record in the Coutts Glorious Stakes at Goodwood (1.55) is 1136511 (+£14.75 to £1 level stakes). He relies on Quest For Peace, who also won this in 2012.
Pointer appears from Raceform Interactive
Bangor: good, good to firm in places (watered)
Galway: Flat: good; National Hunt: good, good to firm in places
Goodwood: good to firm
Musselburgh: good to firm, good in places
Newmarket: good to firm
Thirsk: good to firm