Hit It A Bomb: starts season off at Leopardstown
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By Justin O’Hanlon 8:31AM 11 AUG 2016
Preview: Leopardstown, Thursday
Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes (Group 3) 1m, 3yo+
HIT IT A BOMB, unbeaten in three starts last year and not seen in action since landing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland in October, is the star attraction at Leopardstown tonight when he makes a belated start to his campaign against seven rivals.
Seamie Heffernan partners the son of War Front for the first time in the card’s feature race, and the colt’s trainer Aidan O’Brien, who also runs Cougar Mountain and General Macarthur, said on Wednesday: “Hit It A Bomb had a hold-up early in the year so we had to take our time with him.
“He’s in good form but just ready to start back. We’ll see how he gets on but he’ll probably come on a nice bit from the run.
“Cougar Mountain is a good, solid horse and is going there in good form, while General Macarthur appreciates fast ground and should run a nice race if the going stays right for him.”
Custom Cut back for more
Cougar Mountain, the most recent of O’Brien’s three scorers in the event when coming out on top a year ago, is one of two previous winners of the prize in the line-up, with British raider Custom Cut bidding to repeat his 2014 victory.
The David O’Meara-trained Custom Cut, a multiple Pattern winner, will be seeking his first success since landing the Group 2 Boomerang Stakes over course and distance in September.
Tribal Beat, who represents Godolphin and Jim Bolger, will be tackling a new trip on his first appearance since finishing second in the 7f Killavullan Stakes over the course in October.
The experienced duo Elleval and Captain Joy will be seeking a first win at this level, as will Don’t Bother Me, who has twice won over seven furlongs at the track.