Curragh is target for The Grey Gatsby, says Ryan

The Grey Gatsby and trainer Kevin Ryan.
The Grey Gatsby and trainer Kevin Ryan.
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KEVIN Ryan is looking to start stable star The Grey Gatsby in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.

The consistent five-year-old failed to score last season but ran some brave races in defeat, including when beaten just a short head in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes by Free Eagle at Royal Ascot.

He was also second to Golden Horn in the Eclipse and ran with credit in the Juddmonte International as well as chasing home Solow in Dubai, but Ryan decided not to send him to Meydan this year.

“He is in good form and we are looking to start him in Ireland,” said Hambelton-based Ryan.

“He didn’t go to Dubai this year, but from Ascot onwards there is 
a Group One every month for him.

“I would love to take him to the Breeders’ Cup at the end of the year, all being well.

“He can’t be as unlucky as last year as it seemed everywhere we went had soft ground.

Emotionless showed he is on course for the Qipco 2000 Guineas when pleasing connections in a racecourse gallop at Newmarket.

The Godolphin-owned colt, winner of the Doncaster’s Champagne Stakes last September before suffering a chipped bone, was partnered by William Buick in the workout.

Folsom Blue will bid to provide Mouse Morris with an incredible third Grand National in as many weeks at Ayr on Saturday.

Rogue Angel set the ball rolling for the popular trainer with victory in the Irish National, before Morris was reduced to tears once more as Rule The World claimed Grand National glory last Saturday.

Morris said: “Folsom Blue will run, all being well. He needs a couple to come out to get in, but hopefully he will.”