St Leger Festival: Adaay In Asia looking for a quintuple in the Scepter Stakes at Doncaster for outgoing manager Harry Dunlop | Race News


Harry Dunlop hopes the weather gods will be kind to Adaay In Asia’s Doncaster plans as the coach offers to land five times before retiring at the end of the year.

Adaay In Asia has won four consecutive handicaps for manager Lambourn, who calls it a day at the end of the season, citing the current economic climate as making it increasingly difficult to cover the costs of food, staff and transportation.

His stable star backed up his six-stage Shergar Cup Sprint success in his penultimate race at Ascot, taking another class two handicap against his own gender on an extra stage at York earlier this month.

Dunlop handed him an entry into Sunday’s six-stage Garrowby Stakes in York, although he can expect the group three Scepter seven-stage stakes in Doncaster next week.

“It’s a bit difficult with Adaay In Asia.” said Dunlop. “She likes a bit better ground and we are considering the Scepter Stakes in Doncaster.

“I’m just a bit concerned about the weather, hence the reason for entering York on Sunday.

“Ideally we’d like to go to Doncaster, as it’s against its own gender and it’s also a group three. The Garrowby are quite competitive, but we were just a bit worried about how the weather would go. We’re hopeful of either option.”

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Neil Callan celebrates winning the Shergar Cup on Adaay In Asia

Having gained a mark of 13 pounds more than at the start of his winning streak, Dunlop believes there is potential for progression and Adaay In Asia will now step up in class.

He added: “I’ve put her in various things – like the Ayr Gold Cup – she deserves it now. She’s come up quite a bit in weight and she’s been a fantastic filly, but she should really run in black type racing We’re looking at all the options for her, really.

“It’s a good driving force and I don’t think it’s as effective on softer ground, especially when you’re in decent races.”

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Outgoing coach Harry Dunlop says the current economic crisis played a big part in dropping out of training ranks at the end of the season

Group 1 winner Dunlop has been a licensee for 16 years and adds that despite being disappointed to have stopped training, he is “very excited about the future”.

“There are a lot of things I hope to do,” added Dunlop. “Training is a tough industry and it’s well documented that finding new clients isn’t easy, and I just felt like it was a sensible move.

“I will try to stay in the race, maybe on the blood supply side, but I also hope to do other things apart from that.




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