David Wachman pulled out Fire Lily at the last minute due to concerns over ground conditions at Newmarket. The racecourse had been softened from recent rainfall and Wachman wanted to protect his three-year-old who recently placed seventh in the July Cup horse race last weekend. The trainer believed wet conditions were a factor in last weekend’s middle-of-the-pack performance.
“She's come out of the race well, she just couldn't pick up on that ground. She's absolutely fine though, not a bother on her. She's in all the big six and seven-furlong races for the rest of the year but we really wouldn't want to run on that kind of ground again, so her plans will depend a bit on the weather,” said Wachman.
The trainer will also follow the same approach with Royal Ascot winner Duntle. The three-year-old claimed the Listed Sandringham Handicap last month. Duntle will compete in the Desmond Stakes in August and in the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown in September.
In other news, County Tipperary trainer David Marnane will have Jamesie contend in the Blue Square Bet Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood. The four-year-old gave a valiant effort in the seven furlong Bunbury Cup at Newmarket, a meeting claimed by Bonnie Brae.
“He hated every yard of it on that ground yet still ran very well and I was impressed with him,” said Marnane. “He's going to be aimed at the Stewards' Cup. I think it's a race if we get good ground he'd have a good chance in. He's a very tough little handicapper. I was surprised with him in Newmarket. He hated the ground yet still plugged away very well.”