Ado McGuinness is eyeing the Irish Lincolnshire because the springboard to a profitable season for his new recruit Casanova.
The five-year-old made his debut for McGuinness’ Lusk steady in January, ending third in a seven-furlong Dundalk handicap on his first begin after leaving John Gosden’s powerhouse Newmarket operation.
The brand new turf Flat season begins on the Curragh on Sunday, and Casanova is all set for the precious Paddy Energy-sponsored function handicap.
McGuinness stated: “We’re pleased with him – we have been very pleased along with his run at Dundalk, and we simply determined to maintain him for the Lincoln then.
“He is had a few bits of labor on grass and I feel if the horse settles, he’ll run an enormous race – he’s inclined to tug laborious in his races.”
Casanova is drawn seventeenth of 24 runners, one thing the coach doesn’t assume will hamper his possibilities over the one-mile journey.
“It is not very best, however I do not assume it is as unhealthy over the mile as it could be over the sprints,” he stated.
“I do not assume it will have that a lot impact, as a result of he’ll be operating into the elbow, so I feel he’ll be fantastic.”
McGuinness has numerous different future handicaps in his sights for Casanova, with a visit again throughout the Irish Sea to England a risk at some stage.
“We had him within the the English Lincoln, however I do not assume he’ll be excessive sufficient to get in,” he added.
“He’ll goal all of the premier handicaps in Eire, that are value a very good bit of cash – the likes of the Galway Competition, Guineas weekend.
“We’ll goal all these good races with him, and see if we are able to decide one among them up.
“There’s the likes of the Galway Mile – and perhaps, if he goes up a couple of kilos, he might journey to England for one of many huge handicaps.
“They’re value a very good bit of cash at dwelling, although, so we are inclined to hold lots of our horses right here.
“Lengthy-term plan, Galway, that may be an enormous purpose for him.”
A gelded son of Frankel, Casanova received each a maiden and a handicap earlier than McGuinness acquired him for homeowners Dooley Thoroughbreds for 15,000 guineas.
“He wasn’t overly costly – we thought he would have been a bit costlier actually,” he stated.
“He has potential, he is a little bit bit eager in his races, however he appears to be much more settled now than he was, so I am very pleased with him in the meanwhile.”
Amongst Casanova’s rivals in a sometimes aggressive renewal, Ken Condon runs Teed Up.
The Gleneagles gelding has a race file of three victories and three second locations in six runs, however Condon believes he might want to enhance this weekend.
“He appears to have the profile, however that is going to be very aggressive – he’ll must have improved from three to 4,” stated the Kildare coach.
“Hopefully he has – however as I stated it is a aggressive race, as you anticipate for a Lincoln – they at all times are.
The forecast testing floor is one thing Teed Up ought to address no less than, as a result of a lot of his greatest kind has are available related circumstances.
“It is at all times a take a look at, and he is dealt with it beforehand there a couple of occasions within the autumn,” added Condon.
“In order that’ll be a assist – as a result of they’re going to must deal with the circumstances.
“Hopefully he is improved. He’ll must – he is up a little bit bit within the weights, and it’s extremely aggressive.
“He is nonetheless open to enchancment, being evenly raced, so we’ll see.”
Sheila Lavery’s Quizical may also admire circumstances, with any additional softening within the floor welcomed by his coach.
“He is received on the Curragh, so we all know he runs nicely there,” she stated.
“The massive factor with Quizical is the bottom, he is very ground-dependent, and this floor ought to swimsuit him.
“There could be a few showers, which might be to my profit as a result of it would loosen it up.
“He is the place I might need him to be, going into his first race, so fingers crossed.”
Like Casanova, Quizical – winner of the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Most cancers Trials Eire beneath Sir Anthony McCoy in 2019 – was additionally entered within the Lincoln at Doncaster subsequent week, however that engagement was vetoed due to the extra appropriate going on the Curragh.
“We had him in at Doncaster as nicely – however as the bottom on the Curragh appears to swimsuit him, we’ll run him there,” Lavery defined.
“He wintered nicely, and we’re hoping for an enormous run. However he is received a nasty draw (21 of 24) – it is a very excessive draw, so it simply relies upon what facet they go to.
“In the event that they go to the traditional facet, the rails facet, he is received a really unhealthy draw – but when they arrive to the stands facet, he is received a very good draw.”