Through Irish Eyes set for Flemington test
Ciaron Maher and David Eustace's promising galloper Through Irish Eyes is ready to take on older horses in the Listed Andrew Ramsden over 2800 metres at Flemington on Saturday.
Fresh from saddling the first two runners home in the Group 1 South Australian Derby last weekend, the duo are set to unleash Through Irish Eyes this weekend.
New Zealand-bred pair Explosive Jack and Let's Karaka Deel proved a class above their rivals in their one-two Derby finish and now improving Tavistock gelding Through Irish Eyes is one of seven Ramsden nominations from the in-form stable, with the winner landing an all-important Group 1 Melbourne Cup ballot exemption.
"The reason for running in the Ramsden is the 2800 metres at Flemington really suits that horse," Maher told RSN.
"He's a bit like Let’s Karaka Deel but bigger, he's still got to furnish and he's a real genuine stayer so 2800 metres is much more to his liking than 2400 metres."
The last start winner of the Listed St Leger over 2800 metres, Through Irish Eyes cruised past his rivals but was still green over the concluding stages.
"Obviously having that experience at Flemington already holds him in good stead, so we'll have this week's target and then will work out his plan after that," Maher said.
Bought for $150,000 at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale, Through Irish Eyes has won two of his six starts.
Through Irish Eyes 51.00 is to win for the 3200-metre Melbourne Cup, which takes place at Flemington on 2nd November, and 11.00 to win the Queensland Derby, scheduled for 29th May.