Fozzy Stack Stable Tour

    Tipperary trainer Fozzy Stack has been quick out of the blocks this season and he gives us the inside track on his stable stars, some of which are set to line up at the Irish Guineas Festival at the Curragh this weekend.
  • Wednesday 23 May 2018
  • Stable Tours

Fozzy Stack is technically one of the newer names to the training ranks, but he is anything but a stranger to the racing scene. The prominent assistant trainer to his father Tommy Stack for over 15 years, he played a major role in the yard’s success having been thrust into that role at just 18 years of age when his father was struck down with meningitis.

The Stack yard has produced numerous performers of note over the decades with the Group 1 winners including Kostroma (Beverly D Stakes), Las Meninas (1000 Guineas), Tarascon (Moyglare Stud Stakes and Irish 1,000 Guineas), Myboycharlie (Prix Morny) and Alexander Tango (Garden City Stakes) and Fozzy will be looking to carry on that fine tradition after the training licence was passed into his name at the beginning of 2017.

With Fozzy having made a very fast start to the season, he took time out from his busy schedule to talk through his team of horses for 2018 with Kevin Blake of attheraces.com.

Older Horses

Alexios Komnenos

Form Profile:

Rated 107, he returned from a career-threatening injury to win a Group 3 at Leopardstown in 2017.

Trainer Says:

He ran okay in the Lockinge the other day from what was probably the wrong side of the track, but he might just have been a notch below his best on what was his first run of the year. We are looking at a few potential options for him in America at the moment and I think we could step him up to nine furlongs or a mile-and-a-quarter over there. He’s out of a Montjeu mare, so I’d be hopeful he’d stay that sort of trip over there.

Video Form
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Onenightidreamed

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Footstepsinthesand - Pivotalia (Pivotal)
  • Trained by: J A Stack
  • Last Race: Leopardstown, 16 Apr 2018 17:00
  • Result: 2/7, raced in 3rd early, soon 4th, pushed along 2f out, challenged between horses and on terms over 1f out, headed and kept on same pace inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Rated 101, he has won the Irish Lincoln and two Group 3 contests over the years.

Trainer Says:

When sun shines, he goes on a break! He’s been a great servant over the years and everyone knows that he loves soft ground. He’s slipping down the handicap a bit, for all that it has taken him a long time to come down. He’s definitely not getting any quicker with age, but he’s a good solid horse at his level and you have to admire him.

Video Form
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Son Of Rest

Form Profile:

Rated 104, he is a two-time winner that has ran well without winning in stakes company this season.

Trainer Says:

His latest run at Navan was a complete disaster. He missed the kick and got murdered early on, so we are happy to draw a line through that. The hope is to run him in the Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday provided there is a bit of rain beforehand. He’s in great order and is probably working better now than he has been all season. He wouldn’t be sure to run in the blinkers this time.

Video Form
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Three Year Olds

Carlo Biraghi

  • 3-y-o; chestnut colt
  • Breeding: Galileo - Kirinda (Tiger Hill)
  • Trained by: J A Stack
  • Last Race: Curragh, 30 Jun 2018 17:15
  • Result: 10/12, mid-division early, 7th halfway, no impression when not much room on rail 2f out, soon switched left and one pace
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Form Profile:

Made an impressive winning debut in a maiden at the Curragh in May.

Trainer Says:

He’s a colt we’ve always liked, but we were worried about the ground for him at the Curragh and it was great to see him win so well on it. He has a high cruising speed, but stays well and will keep galloping. He is likely to run in the Listed race over a mile-and-a-half at Leopardstown on June 7th and better ground there would suit him. We are going to enter him in Irish Derby before then and hopefully he’ll do enough at Leopardstown to justify that entry. When they stay and they have a bit of speed like he does, they have a chance.

Video Form
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Gottardo

Form Profile:

Rated 80, he got off the mark in a handicap at Dundalk in April.

Trainer Says:

He ran at the Curragh the other day and the ground was just too soft for him. We’ll keep him running in handicaps over five and six furlongs and hopefully he’ll pay his way.

Video Form
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Hand On Heart

Form Profile:

Made a winning debut in a maiden at Limerick in April and followed up in a winner’s race at the Curragh in May.

Trainer Says:

She’s done very little wrong so far. She was impressive on her debut at Limerick and did it well against the colts at the Curragh last time. We’ll enter her for the Victor McCalmont at Gowran Park and will keep an eye on the weather forecast, as she is one that will always appreciate an ease in ground. I think she’s well up to stakes class and there should be more improvement in her, as she was a late-May foal. We could end up giving her a little break and look to come back in the autumn.

Video Form
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Harvestfortheworld

Form Profile:

Rated 99, she got off the mark in a maiden at Dundalk in March prior to finishing a promising fifth in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown in May.

Trainer Says:

She’s a filly we’ve always liked and she ran quite well at Leopardstown. She raced a bit freely after getting lit up down the back straight and that probably just caught her out late on. We have given her an entry for the Gallinule at the Curragh this weekend and the Victor McCalmont at Gowran Park would also be an option for her. She wants fast ground and should be suited by a step up to a mile-and-a-quarter.

Video Form
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Iiex Excelsa

Form Profile:

Rated 92, she won a maiden at Cork in March (subsequently lost it due to an adverse finding in her post-race sample) and went on to acquit herself well in Group 3 company.

Trainer Says:

She was a bit disappointing in the Athasi last time and looked to just be taken off her feet over seven furlongs on the better ground. On that ground, she probably just needs a mile. She has the option of going back into maiden company now, so we’ll probably just look for one of those for her.

Video Form
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Queen Rabab

  • 3-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Fastnet Rock - Dame Blanche (Be My Guest)
  • Trained by: J A Stack
  • Last Race: Killarney, 23 Aug 2018 17:00
  • Result: 15/15, slowly into stride and pushed along early, always towards rear, never a factor, ridden and no extra on outer early straight
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Form Profile:

Rated 65, she got off the mark in a handicap at Dundalk in May and subsequently ran well in a handicap at Tipperary.

Trainer Says:

She ran okay on slower ground at Tipperary. I think we’ll put blinkers on her next time and that will hopefully squeeze some improvement out of her. She’ll stick to around a mile and can hopefully win again.

Video Form
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Tooreen Katie

Form Profile:

Made a promising debut when second in a maiden at Dundalk in September.

Trainer Says:

She got upset in the stalls at Cork the other day and was withdrawn. She was perfectly fine after it and she has a few options in maidens coming up. She ran well on her debut last season and can hopefully step up from that. She wants good ground and between a mile and a mile-and-a-quarter.

Video Form
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Wishing Star

  • 3-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Galileo - Crazyforlovingyou (Arch)
  • Trained by: J A Stack
  • Last Race: Dundalk, 12 Oct 2018 20:30
  • Result: 4/7, settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 3f out, under pressure in 6th 2f out, kept on again into 4th inside final furlong, no impression on leaders
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Form Profile:

Made a promising debut at Dundalk in September, but ran below that form in her two subsequent starts.

Trainer Says:

She has had excuses for both her starts this year, as she ran a bit flat when in season at Dundalk and then over-raced at Naas last time. We’ll try her in ear plugs next time and will look to step her up in trip. She wants fast ground.

Video Form
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Zihba

Form Profile:

Unbeaten in three starts including the Group 3 Amethyst Stakes at Leopardstown in May.

Trainer Says:

He runs in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday. He’s in good order since his last run and while he needs to improve a few more pounds to run well on Saturday, I’d be hopeful he can do that. Considering he had only won two egg-and-spoon races at Dundalk, I was quite impressed with the manner in which he beat older horses at Leopardstown last time. He’s a big horse that weighs nearly 500kg and we just gave him time to mature, that’s why he didn’t debut until December. If he was to run well on Saturday, the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot would be an obvious next target, but otherwise he could go for something like the Belmont Derby.

Video Form
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Two Year Olds

Wargrave

  • 2-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Galileo - Scream Blue Murder (Oratorio)
  • Trained by: J A Stack
  • Last Race: Limerick, 13 Oct 2018 13:35
  • Result: 2/16, tracked leaders, went 2nd early straight, ridden over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, not reach winner
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Made a promising debut when third to Land Force in a maiden at the Curragh in May.

Trainer Says:

He ran a lovely race at the Curragh on debut. Going there, we considered him more of a seven-furlong horse than a sprinter, so we were very happy with how he ran. We trained his mother and she was quite precocious, so it isn’t a big surprise that he’s as precocious as he is. We’ll look for a seven-furlong maiden for him and if that went well, we’d consider him for the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Video Form
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