Three options in the mix for popular veteran Take Cover

Mon 3 Sep 2018

Take Cover could attempt to try to add a Group One victory to his impressive record in the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on September 15.

The evergreen 11-year-old, trained by David Griffiths, showed he was as good as ever when winning the Beverley Bullet for the second year running on Saturday.

Connections now have three races to choose from with the Dubai International Airport World Trophy at Newbury, which he lifted last year, and the Mercury Stakes at Dundalk, which he won in 2015 and 2017, also in the frame.

However, the Flying Five has been upgraded to the top level from Group Two status and that could prove the decisive factor.

“He’s in the Flying Five which is a Group One now. He was third behind Sole Power three years ago. That’s an option. It’s an early closing race and we entered him about a month ago,” Griffiths told At The Races.

“Obviously there’s the World Trophy at Newbury, the Group Three at the end of the month. He won that last year and then there’s the race in October at Dundalk , which is now a Group Three. He’s won that twice.

“I think they are the three options and we will look at.

“A Group One would be unbelievable. If he did win a Group One in two weeks’ time I’d say he’d be retired straight after that.

“I’ll discuss it with the owner. He’s in there and he’s got form at the Curragh.

“Ideally I’d like to go to the Curragh.”

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