Future looks bright for Falcon Eight following Killarney success

Hopes high for well-bred Weld colt

  • Wednesday 22 August
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Falcon Eight created a fine impression when finishing to great effect to take his 100 per cent record to two in the JOC Metal Fabrication Limited Race at Killarney.

Closely related to Group One winner Free Eagle, the son of Galileo fairly bounded clear of his three rivals, to follow up his debut success at the Curragh a month ago.

Declan McDonogh was content to keep the even-money favourite off the pace set by Light Pillar, until he switched him off the rail towards the centre of the course to make his effort.

It took Dermot Weld’s charge a few seconds to realise what was required, but once the penny dropped he scooted clear in the final furlong to score by three and three-quarter lengths from Birth Of Venus, taking some pulling up.

Connections feel Falcon Eight could develop into a smart performer in 2019.

“He is learning how to be a racehorse and is still very immature and is far from the finished article,” said Weld’s son, Kris.

“We hope he will make into a very nice four-year-old next year, we’ve had to be patient with him and it’s paying off. He’ll have one more run this year in six weeks’ time.

“By the way he is bred you’d hope he might end up being something and he hasn’t let us down to date.

“He won’t be a St Leger horse this year, but it would be lovely if he made into an Irish St Leger horse next year. It’s a race dad has a good record in so it would be nice to add to it.

“We’ll take baby steps for now and see where we end up.”

It was a double for Weld, McDonogh and owners Moyglare Stud as Third World had taken the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

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