By Jon Lees
Ireland: Ado McGuinness could take his first shot at a Classic in 20 years of training after G3 winner A Case Of You joined his flourishing stable.
A Case Of You won two of his three starts last year when owned and trained by John McConnell, who celebrated his first Group success when the colt comfortably beat Ballydoyle Listed winner Lipizzaner in the Anglesey Stakes.
The son of Hot Streak was a late addition to the Tattersalls Autumn Sale but was withdrawn and acquired privately by Phoenix Thoroughbreds.
“It’s brilliant to have a good horse like him,” said McGuinness. “I am just delighted to have him. Hopefully he will progress into a very smart horse.
“He has black type already which is not easy in Ireland so hopefully he will go forward and become a G1 and G2 horse in the future.
“Phoenix have bought the horse and he is entered in the Saudi Derby but he might not be ready for that. He has just arrived in my place and we will wait and see what targets we go for.”
He added: “Longer term we could go for the Irish 2,000 Guineas trial and maybe the Irish 2,000 Guineas. I think he could definitely win a G1 race in Europe somewhere. He was very lightly raced last year so hopefully he will progress and train on.”
Licensed since 2000, the last two Flat seasons have been McGuinness’s best, with 34 winners in both 2019 and 2020 and prize-money in excess of €600,000.
The key contributors have been older horses Current Option and Bowerman, who both won G3 prizes last year, and Saltonstall, a Listed and Galway Festival winner.
“We have been very lucky with some of the horses we’ve bought,” said the trainer. “They have won big handicaps and progressed into black type horses, which is brilliant.
“It’s a matter of us keeping getting hold of these horses. To win any of the premier handicaps in Ireland you probably now need a black type horse. I was lucky to have three that did it last year. We have a few more additions for this year.
“I’ve never had a Classic horse before because they’d usually be sold. It’s the next step up. It will be hard because we will only have one horse for that type of race when some of the big yards will have ten or 15 of those types.”