Surfing The Sand

Simon Mapletoft previews the re-arranged Fast Track Qualifier at Dundalk on Wednesday for the £150,000 Fillies’ and Mares’ Final on Good Friday.

  • Wednesday 06 March
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O’BRIEN FAST TRACK FILLY A CLASS APART

The presence of the classy I CAN FLY has scared off all but three opponents in the re-arranged Get A Run For Your Money With BetVictor Fillies Race (6.45) over 7f at Dundalk on Wednesday.

Aidan O’Brien’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes runner up will be partnered by Ryan Moore on her seasonal re-appearance in the Fast Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Fillies’ and Mares’ Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday.

With an official rating of 116, she is 17lb clear of the only rival with a realistic chance of making a race of it.

She does carry a 4lb penalty but the task facing Mick Halford’s Surrounding, who won over 7f and 1m at Dundalk in October, remains a daunting one.

I Can Fly is a Group 2 winner as well as being placed at the highest level, having taken the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown last September, and would be a fascinating contender for Finals Day.

Whether O’Brien would seriously consider it if she wins as expected on Friday is very much open to question with a number of top level targets likely to be on her agenda in the spring.

Surfing The Sand

Dundalk 18:45, 6 March 2019

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