HOMELESS Songs will run in next Saturday’s Coolmore America Justify Matron Stakes as long as the ground is deemed “safe” by connections.
The Dermot Weld-trained filly has not been seen in public since her impressive success in the Irish 1000 Guineas in May. Fast ground caused her to miss Royal Ascot and she was then given a break with an autumn campaign in mind.
Fiona Craig, racing manager for owner-breeder Moyglare Stud, said: “Homeless Songs worked well over seven furlongs on the Curragh Racecourse recently. She had a good blow afterwards and Chris [Hayes] was happy with her. She did another nice piece up the Old Vic on Tuesday.
“She will run at Leopardstown if the ground is safe. She doesn’t need soft but she is short-legged and heavy-topped, so we have to be careful with her. We want her for later in the year and for next year. She would try her heart out on firm ground but would we have her for afterwards?
“Homeless Songs was wound down after missing Ascot. It’s been a hard year for all trainers, with the ground so firm for so long. But there is no better trainer than Dermot Weld to get her there in top form.”
The Moyglare Stud team is also looking for to next Sunday’s Comer Group International Irish St Leger in which Kyprios is likely to start favourite. Winner of the Gold Cup at Ascot and the Goodwood Cup, Kyprios is reported to be on track for the race.
His trainer Aidan O’Brien told The Irish Field that his most likely runner in the St Leger at Doncaster next Saturday is the filly Emily Dickinson.
Luxembourg is the yard’s main contender for the Irish Champion Stakes, where he could be joined by Stone Age. The filly Tuesday could also take her chance although Sunday’s Prix Vermeille is an alternative target.
Dual Group 1 winner Tenebrism will go for the Matron Stakes, and the Oaks fourth Concert Hall is also being considered for that one-mile contest.
Recent Curragh Group 2 winners Aesop’s Fables and Meditate are on track to run in the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes and Moyglare Stud Stakes respectively. “Hans Andersen will probably run in the National Stakes too, and we have the choice of Auguste Rodin, Adelaide River and Tower Of London for the Group 2 race at Leopardstown the day before.”
The trainer could not say for sure if the top-class pair of Little Big Bear and Statuette would run again this year. The filly Statuette has not been seen since winning a Group 2 race at the Curragh at the end of June, while Little Big Bear sustained a foot injury after winning the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes last month. Of the colt, O’Brien said: “He’s in very light exercise at the moment and we’ll be taking no chances with him.”