A'Ali Set For Shock Curragh Appearance On Saturday


The Simon and Ed Crisford trained A'Ali is set for a quick turn around as his trainers have announced that he will be supplemented for the Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.

Crisford is not known for sending horses over to Ireland but is looking to gain quick-fire back to back wins for last seasons Norfolk Stakes winner, who scored at Sandown on Eclipse day in the Group Three Coral Charge.

As a juvenile the son of Society Rock was a superstar landing a hat-trick of wins in Group Two company which included the before mentioned Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Prix Robert Papin at Deauville and finally the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

He finished his two year old career at the Breeders Cup meeting with a tame run and he did not improve on that run on his three year old seasonal debut at Newcastle when obviously needing the run.

The Coral Charge at Sandown showed him back to his best and he will now look for more Group Two glory in Ireland on Saturday.

(Credit AtTheRaces) Simon Crisford said: "The plan is to supplement A’Ali for the Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

“He seems to have come out of the Sandown race really well and a stiff five furlongs at the Curragh should suit him perfectly.

“Battaash is going for a fourth win a row in that race down the hill at Goodwood (King George Stakes), so we’ll head to Ireland instead – and depending on how he gets on, we might meet Battaash in the Nunthorpe at York next month.”