Dods looking at European options for Intense Romance

Trainer seeking testing ground for sprinter

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Michael Dods may have to look at options abroad for his mud-loving filly Intense Romance.

The five-year-old mare made giant strides last season ending with three victories, twice at Listed level.

All came when the ground was testing, however, and in her sole start this season she had to settle for sixth place in the Woodlands Stakes at Naas.

“We need some rain for her. She does have an entry in France on Sunday (Prix du Gros Chene), but I’m not sure about that at the moment,” said Dods.

“She’s very ground dependent, because at the level she’s in, she loves the soft, heavy ground and a lot of sprinters don’t.

“We’ll have entries, but it will have to be soft for her to run – when she gets her ground she’s a very good filly.”

He added: “There are options in Ireland and France, she’s probably more likely to get her ground over there, too. So she’ll have the entries and we’ll play it by ear.”

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