Cadillac to fly Irish flag in Bahrain

JESSICA Harrington’s Cadillac looks set to be the only Irish contender in the £500,000 Group 3 Bahrain International Trophy on Friday.

The son of Lope De Vega won the Group 3 International Stakes at the Curragh in June before running in America and France on each of his previous two starts. He is among a field of 14 put forward for the 10-furlong contest, which also contains Emperor Of The Sun, formerly trained by Aidan and then Donnacha O’Brien.

The four-year-old son of Galileo, fifth in both the Ascot Gold Cup and Irish St Leger this season, had been in pre-training recently with John O’Donoghue at Currabeg, at the Curragh. He left the yard on Wednesday to join leading Bahraini trainer Fawzi Nass.

The British challenge for next Friday’s race is strong and notably Charlie Appleby, fresh from a Breeders’ Cup treble, is double handed with Barney Roy and Zakouski.

Barney Roy has won five Group 1s in four different countries and began his season with a fourth in the Group 3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket. Appleby said: “We’ve been purposefully working back from the Bahrain International as it’s a race which is great to be part of. I’d like to think that we’re going to go over there with a competitive horse as well. I was pleased with his comeback run in the Darley Stakes, on a track which doesn’t suit him.

“I think the style of the race will suit him in Bahrain. It’s a slick track there and the tight turns will suit him. If he goes there with his old A-game, he’s going to be a big player.”

Other notable entries for the third renewal of this contest include Richard Fahey’s Fev Rover, David O’Meara’s Lord Glitters and Magny Cours, who will represent France for Andre Fabre.