Irish Rookie has French mission
Martyn Meade hopes Irish Rookie can gain a long-overdue success by making her trip to France on Wednesday a winning one in the Prix Bertrand de Tarragon at Maisons-Laffitte.
Irish Rookie: Runs in France
Although placed twice at Group One level, including in last year's French 1000 Guineas, the daughter of Azamour, one of two British-based runners alongside the Ed Walker-trained Persona Grata, has failed to score since collecting a Listed contest on her final start as a two-year-old.
Having been denied a run at a crucial time on her last appearance at Ascot, where she was promoted to second from third following a stewards' enquiry, the four-year-old will look to leave that behind her when tackling the extended mile Group Three contest.
Meade said: "She is lightly raced and we've taken lots of time with her, getting her right. I've been very careful that I've not done much with her, just in case she had any virus problems, but she hasn't shown any signs of it at all.
"She is stronger than ever. She has just been unlucky. We didn't quite get the result we wanted at Ascot. We have just taken time with her after that, I could have run her back sooner but I didn't."
He added: "We have just got to have a bit of luck with her. She is certainly good enough and the way she has been working suggests she is as a good as she has ever been.
"I think to go to the Sun Chariot is going to be too difficult this year. I'd just like to give her this last run to try and pick up this Group Three if we could. On paper it looks as if it's possible that she could win it. That would then be it for the season.
"We will definitely bring her as back a five-year-old because she is just getting stronger."