DAVID O’MEARA struck gold with Mondialiste in the Grade 1 Arlington Million last year and the ultra-progressive trainer will once again be searching far and wide for big race success.
The York-based handler passed the century mark in 2016 from his state-of-the-art yard which he has occupied for just over a year and has already notched up 25 winners in 2017 with Bravery putting down an early marker when landing the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster in April.
O’Meara’s prowess with other people’s castoffs is legendary and his ability to improve horses that appear handicapped up to the hilt has ensured that he has a healthy content of older horses in his care.
Custom Cut has been one of his leading lights over the past few seasons and returned to form in Ireland recently and there a plenty of others who are likely to have their names in lights this summer.
Here, David kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those he hopes can swell his winning numbers further in the coming months.
9 ch g Monsieur Bond – Chez Cherie
Winner of ten of his 66 starts and currently rated 96. Gained last victory in a conditions event at Lingfield in January (1m) when scoring by three quarters of a length from Realize.
“He has been a grand servant and he had a couple of wins on the All-Weather at Lingfield this winter. He is on a short break at the moment and will be back soon and be targeted for handicaps at York over seven furlongs and a mile.”
4 b g Fast Company – Cappucino
Winner of two of his eight starts and currently rated 94. Made his debut for the stable when beating Muntadab a neck at York (6f) last week off his current mark.
“He won nicely at York last week on his first start for us. He seemed to handle the soft ground very well and I’m not sure where he will go next. We will see what the handicapper does with him.”
4 b c Galileo – Lady Icarus
Winner of two of his 16 starts and currently rated 105. Made a winning debut for the stable in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster (1m) in April when beating Oh This Is Us a neck off a mark of 100.
“He obviously won the Lincoln and ran a fair race at York the other day. I think a straight stiff track suits him better. He will probably have his next run in the Royal Hunt Cup.”
7 b m Oratorio – Forest Walk
Winner of seven of her 44 starts and currently rated 94 on the all-weather and 86 on the turf. Has won two of seven starts for the stable and gained her last success at Lingfield (1m 2f) in January when beating Van Huysen a length off a mark of 90.
“She is on a bit of the break at the moment but she had a good winter on the All-Weather. She will probably be back running in a month’s time.”
8 b g Notnowcato – Polished Gem
Winner of 13 of 59 starts. Returned to winning form in a Group 3 event at Leopardstown (1m) this month when beating Raymonda half a length.
“He won his Group 3 in Ireland recently and his next run may be in the Diadem at Epsom.”
5 b g Dandy Man – Cockaleekie
Winner of three of his 27 starts and currently rated 79. Made a promising reappearance at Doncaster (6f) on Saturday when third, beaten a length and three quarters to Khelman off his current mark.
“He was third the other days at Doncaster and really likes soft ground. His best trip is six furlongs on soft going and he will be kept to those sorts of handicaps.”
6 b g Acclamation – Miss Meggy
Winner of four of his 30 starts. Finished fourth, beaten six lengths, to easy winner Naggers at Thirsk (6f) on Saturday.
“He finished fourth the other day at Thirsk on soft ground and he is a bit like Dandyleekie in that he needs six furlongs on soft ground with a bit of cover. He will be kept to those sorts of handicaps.”
4 b g Kyllachy – Tahirah
Winner of three of his 12 starts and successful twice for the stable this season. Currently rated 101 and gained his last success at Lingfield (5f) in May when beating Orvar a length and a quarter off a mark of 96. Finished fourth, beaten four lengths, to Kickbocker at Thirsk (5f) on Saturday.
“He is a very progressive sprinter and has won two out of four for us this year. I think he was inconvenienced where he was drawn at Thirsk and there’s plenty more to come from him. I think he will run in the Dash at Epsom or he might run at York next week.”
5 b g Hard Spun – R Charlie’s Angel
Winner of three of his 18 starts and currently rated 85. Has finished unplaced in two starts for the stable at Thirsk (1m) Saturday and Redcar (7f) earlier in the month.
“I think I have been running him over the wrong trip and he needs to drop back to seven furlongs or even a stiff six.”
5 b g Cape Cross – Heaven Sent
Winner of four of his 20 starts and currently rated 109. Finished third, beaten two lengths, to Tabarrak in a Listed event at Ascot (1m) this month.
“He went to Windsor last week and it was called off. Where he goes next I am not sure – I do have him entered in a handicap at York next week but he is rated 109 and I don’t know if he wants to be competing in handicaps. There is the Ganton at York we may look at and the John of Gaunt at Haydock.”
4 b g Teofilo – Green Swallow
Winner of one of his 14 starts and currently rated 86. Best effort this season when runner-up, beaten a length and a quarter, to Be Perfect at Beverley (1m 4f) in April off his current mark.
“We tried him over two miles at York and it didn’t work out. I think he is a lazy horse and I don’t think he wants much further than a mile and a half. He could go back to a shorter trip and we might try him in the headgear.”
6 ch g Kheleyf – Semiquaver
Winner of six of his 42 races and currently rated 88. Unplaced to Naggers at Thirsk (6f) on Saturday.
“He had a good year last year and although he only won once he was narrowly beaten quite a few times and ended up with a high rating as a result. He ran on soft ground the other day and he really wants faster conditions. He usually needs a few run to run himself into form.”
6 b g Elnadim – Katoom
Winner of seven of his 24 start and currently rated 108. Made a winning reappearance at Ripon (6f) at the end of April when beating Muntasab a neck off a mark of 105 and subsequently fifth, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Mr Lupton at Newmarket in May off his current mark. Finished fifth, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Perfect Pasture in a Listed race at Windsor (6f) on Monday night.
“He won a handicap well at Ripon first time out then ran really well in a competitive handicap at Newmarket. We stepped him up in class in a Listed contest at Windsor on Monday night and he acquitted himself well. We will try and find other possibilities for him in pattern company.”
4 b g Dream Ahead – Anna’s Rock
Winner of his only start at Thirsk (1m) in July of last year when beating Ehtiraas five lengths and currently rated 93.
“He gave trouble in the stalls at Ayr and refused to load so we’ll have to get that ironed out. He is a very talented horse and once that stall problem is sorted out, he will start off in mile handicaps somewhere.”
4 b f Rock of Gibraltar – Redskin Dancer
Winner of four of her 15 starts and currently rated 88. Finished third, beaten four and a half lengths, to Prying Pandora at Newcastle (1m) on Friday night off a mark of 89.
“She is a good filly and we might have run her too many time too quick recently. She likes a round track, fast ground and a mile is her trip. I think there is more to come.”
7 b h Galileo – Occupandiste
Winner of five of his 25 starts and currently rated 113. Unplaced in both outings this season at Meydan (1m1f) in March and a Listed event at Ascot (1m) in May but beat Kasaqui a neck in the Grade 1 Arlington Million at Arlington Park (1m 2f) last August.
“He won the Arlington Million last year and I have him in the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown and a Listed race at Goodwood. He will run in one of those then York in July and back to Arlington in August.”
MOVE IN TIME
9 ch g Monsieur Bond – Tibesti
Winner of nine of his 55 starts and currently rated 100. Finished 10th of 12, beaten eight and a half lengths, to Duke of Firenze at York (5f) last week off his current mark.
“He ran the other day at York and was a shade disappointing and it may be the case that he wasn’t quite fit enough. He may go to the Edinburgh Sprint Handicap.”
4 b g New Approach – Saajidah
Winner of one of his 7 starts and currently rated 73. Off the mark at Thirsk (1m 4f) last week when beating Throckley three and a quarter lengths off his current mark.
“He won nicely at Thirsk recently and hopefully he can prove progressive on the turf this year. He is a nice horse and we like him.”
8 ch g Exceed And Excel – Ludynosa
Winner of seven of his 40 races and currently rated 99. Promising reappearance at Ripon (6f) in April when third, beaten a length and three quarters to Intisaab off his current mark.
“Out Do ran nicely at Ripon on his first start of the season. He goes to York on Saturday and fast ground and five or six furlongs is his gig.”
6 b g Invincible Spirit – Rose Quartz
Winner of two of his 28 starts and currently rated 86. Finished eighth, beaten 11 lengths, to Eternal on his latest start at Beverley (1m ½f) in May on his latest start.
“He is horse who has been consistent without winning lots. He is a seven-furlong to a mile performer.”
5 ch h Dutch Art – Amanda Carter
Winner of seven of his 23 starts and currently rated 104. A winner twice this year in handicap at Meydan (7f) in February by a nose from Flash Fire and a Listed event at Wolverhampton (7f) in March by a nose from Keystroke.
“He has had a good year with a win in Dubai and a Listed win at Wolverhampton. He has had a short break since his last race and if he is ready he may go for the John Of Gaunt at Haydock.”
4 b g Dansili – Maycocks Bay
No wins from 10 starts and currently rated 72. Finished fourth, beaten eight lengths, to Denmead at Wolverhampton (2m 1/2f) on his latest start this month.
“We are uncertain what trip he wants really – we ran him over two miles and we might be going too far. We might bring him back to a mile and a quarter. He is a horse that has plenty of ability but it’s just about coaxing it out of him.”
SAVED BY THE BELL
7 b g Teofilo – Eyrecourt
Winner of four of his 34 starts and currently rated 85. Unplaced, beaten 12 ½ lengths, to Injam at York (2m 1/2f) last week off his current mark.
“He didn’t have the best year last year but still stayed fairly high in the handicap. The handicapper is starting to give him a little bit of leeway and he is a two-mile horse.”
4 ch g Kyllachy – Agony Aunt
Winner of one of his 15 starts and currently rated 75. Finished fifth, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Tavener at Musselburgh (7f) in May off a mark of 77 on second start for stable.
“He heads for York at the weekend and we are still figuring him out. Maybe he wants a bit of soft ground – we are not sure.”
7 b g Dansili – Valencia
Winner of six of his 34 starts and currently rated 108. Much better effort this season on latest start in a Listed contest at Haydock (7f) this month when third, beaten a length and a quarter, to Oh This Is Us.
“He ran a nice race in a listed race at Haydock recently when finished third to Oh This Is Us. He could maybe run in the John Of Gaunt next.”
6 b g Le Havre – Cup Cake
Winner of six of his 26 starts and currently rated 114. Finished eighth, beaten 12 ½ lengths, to Tasleet in the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes at York (6f) last week.
“I thought he might have run a bit better in the Duke of York but looking back at last year, he improved a lot from his first to his second run. I think he is a high-quality horse who could be very competitive again in Group 1 races this year. Whether we lower out sights to try and get his head in front is something I need to decide.”
4 br g High Chaparral – Desert Ease
Winner of two of his 17 starts and currently rated 79. Scored by three quarters of a length from Kingthistle at Beverley (1m 2f) at the start of the month off a mark of 76.
“He won nicely at Beverley this year and I have him in at Chester this week. A mile and a quarter seems to be his trip.”
5 b g Intikhab – Sharedah
Winner of four of his 19 starts and currently rated 101. Finished fourth, beaten four and a half lengths, to Mille Et Mille in a Listed event at Lyon Parilly (1m 4f) last week.
“He is a nice staying horse who really likes soft ground and can race lazily. He could make up into an Ebor Horse this year.”
THAT IS THE SPIRIT
6 b g Invincible Spirit – Fraulein
Winner of six of his 22 starts and currently rated 100. Made a winning reappearance at Chelmsford (7f) in March when beating Rusumaar a neck off a mark of 95 and ran respectably when third, beaten a length and a quarter, to Welliesinthewater off a mark of 99 on his return to the course and distance in April off a mark of 99.
“He won nicely Chelmsford and was placed there on his return from two runs. He wants soft ground and he is in at York and Goodwood this weekend. I am not sure he will get that (soft ground) and he will go wherever the ground is softer.”
7 ch g Pivotal – Irresistible
Winner of two of his 33 starts and currently rated 95. Finished fourth, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Normandy Barriere off a mark of 96 at Ascot (6f) on his latest start in May.
“He had a busy year and went to Dubai and everything and he had a good year without winning. He wants six furlongs on fast ground.”
BLACK ISLE BOY
b g Elzaam – Shadow Mountain
Winner of two of his three starts and currently rated 78. Has won both of his starts since being gelded and gained latest success when beating Springforth a length off his current mark at Hamilton (6f) on Friday.
“He has won both of his starts this season and he looks progressive. He is a nice horse and I’m not quite sure where he goes next. Six furlongs and fastish ground seems to be his trip for now.”
b f Roderic O’Connor – Farbenspiel
Winner of three of her 15 starts and currently rated 80. Returned to winning form at York (5f) last Friday when beating Megan Lily a length and a half off her current mark.
“She won nicely at York and loves soft ground and five furlongs. Those are her optimum conditions and when she gets that she always delivers a good run.”
b c Mayson – Pious
Winner of one of his three starts and currently rated 81. Off the mark in style at Ayr (6f) when beating Hee Haw three and a quarter lengths this month.
“He won his maiden nicely at Ayr is quite a nice three-year-old. He is a half-brother to Penitent and he should improve with age.”
b c Dream Ahead – Expectation
“He is a nice big horse who is a bit backward. Hopefully, he will be out in July time.”
ch f Aqlaam – Pizzara
Winner of two of her 4 starts and currently rated 98. Made a winning reappearance in a Listed event at York (5f) last week when beating Kyllang Rock a head.
“She won her Listed race at York last week and she is very tough. She seems to handle most ground and five furlongs would be her trip as she is very fast.”
b g Zoffany – Gems
Winner of one of his 6 starts and currently rated 82. Finished fifth, beaten five and a half lengths, to Starlight Romance on his reappearance at Beverley (7 1/2f) in April on his first start since being gelded.
“He is a nice horse and we are a bit undecided about his trip as he was a bit keen at Beverley over seven and a half but he did run well last year over a mile. We have him in at Haydock over seven furlongs shortly.”
b f Dragon Pulse – Hawk Dance
No wins from 5 starts and currently rated 67. Came closest to victory when runner-up, beaten only half a length, to Rinaria in a maiden at Beverley (1m 1/2f) in April.
“She is a nice filly and she maybe didn’t quite stay a mile and a quarter at Nottingham so we will go back to a mile. I think she will win before too long.”
b g Oasis Dream – Disclose
Winner of one of his 6 starts and currently rated 83. Having first start for stable when sixth, beaten three lengths, to Zamjar at Chester (6f) in May off a mark of 85.
“He is a nice little horse who is pretty quick and I think five or six furlongs is his trip. He may go to Chester in early June.”
ch f Galileo – Song of My Heart
Finished fourth, beaten six and a quarter lengths, to Original Choice on her only start at Redcar (7f) in November.
“She is in a maiden at Haydock shortly and she could go there or go for one at Redcar. She is a full sister to Pandora and she ran in a maiden at Redcar at the backend of last season. She will improve.”
b c Cape Cross – Lulua
No wins from 5 starts and currently rated 78. Came closest to victory when runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Fujaira Bridge at Ripon (1m) in April.
“He is a nice big horse who keeps bumping into one in maidens but will get better with time and age. He can be quite headstrong but I would imagine he will improve with time.”
b g Kyllachy – Miss Villefranche
Winner of one of his four starts and currently rated 79. Off the mark when beating World Power half a length at Thirsk (6f) in April.
“He won on his first start for us at Thirsk and was still very green and raw. I think he will improve with racing and he got a bit lost in a big field at York last week. He will have learnt a bit from that and just needs more experience to improve.”
b f Sea The Stars – Behkiyra
Winner of one of her six starts and currently rated 87. Finished fourth, beaten five and three quarter lengths, to Leader’s Legacy off a mark of 90 at Haydock (1m) last week.
“She is a nice filly who was fourth in the May Hill last year. I think she wants stepping up in trip with a little ease in the ground but she will be fine.”
b f Showcasing – Grandmas Dream
Winner of one of her 8 starts and currently rated 83. Off the mark when beating Liquid half a length in a maiden at Thirsk (5f) this month.
“She won her maiden nicely at Thirsk and looked like the five furlongs at York was too sharp for her. She will step up to six now.”
b c Lope De Vega – Kate The Great
Finished fourth, beaten four and three quarter lengths, to Desert Frost at Doncaster (6f) this month.
“He had a nice introduction at Doncaster when finishing fourth. We think he is a horse who will get quicker with racing and he has shown plenty at home. I think he will be quite decent.”
b c Dandy Man – Originate
Runner-up, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Santry on his debut in a novices’ event at York (5f) last week.
“He is a lovely two-year-old and should soon be making his mark.”
b c Lope De Vega – Wadjeka
“We got him from a breeze-up and he looks a nice horse.”
AL QAHWA – ploughed through the mud at York last week in a style that suggests more will be heard from him in major sprint handicaps.
CUSTOM CUT – stable stalwart who returned to winning form at Ireland recently and can gain further glories.
KHARBETATION – has his issues with the stalls but once cured can climb further up the ladder.
MONDIALISTE – programme geared to a repeat win in the Arlington Million and one that can win again this term.
DALTON – impressive win in a maiden at Ayr and can win plenty more.
FASHION QUEEN – showed that she was a tough as teak when winning a Listed event at York last week and those qualities can bring further bonuses.