British trainer sends one horse on 710-mile round trip to Ireland on Thursday

Tramore Flat Race

British trainer Archie Watson will send a sole representative to Ireland on Thursday. His stables are based in Saxon Gate, Upper Lambourn so it is a fair trek to Tipperary Racecourse, a 710-mile round trip to be precise.

Watson is no stranger to Irish shores. In the last five years, he has sent a total of 35 runners to the emerald isle. That resulted in three winners and nine places, and total earnings of €235,945. Surprisingly, that has also resulted in a level stakes profit of £17.

It is always great to see the British come over to Ireland take us on. It does not happen enough but it is most welcome. Let us take a look at Watson’s Irish entry in more detail below.

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6.00 Tipperary

Parent’s Prayer will take her chance in the Group 3 Coolmore Stud No Nay Never Fairy Bridge Stakes on Thursday. She has been allotted a draw in stall one which might not be the ideal place to be around here if the ground is on the soft side.

Nonetheless with drying sunny conditions forecast, that could change and she comes here with a massive chance. Last seen beaten just four lengths in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville over a mile, this is a massive drop down in class.

Archie Watson’s classy filly has good form at this level and won on her last start in Group 3 company when bolting up at Epsom in June. A repeat of that performance could be more than good enough to win a competitive but not high-standard Group 3 here.

Backers will be buoyed by the fact that British trainers have won this race twice in the last four years.


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