Slattery bids for Tote Rockingham Double
June 20, 2017
The €100,000 Tote Rockingham Handicap takes place on Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby weekend at the Curragh and Andrew Slattery aims to win the race for a second year in a row with Sors.
The Tote Rockingham Handicap is the first of three races sponsored by the Tote at the Curragh this season, next up is the Tote Scurry Handicap on Darley Irish Oaks Day, 15th July and the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire takes place on Sunday 27th August.
A total of 39 entries have been received for the valuable five-furlong sprint to take place at the Curragh on Sunday July 2nd with 16 British-trained runners included at the early entry stage.
Andrew Slattery’s Sors was the first Irish-trained winner in four years and is entered in this year’s renewal.
“He’s in great form, he’s had a few runs, and this has been his aim all year we hope we get a good draw, that’s it. Killian Leonard rides him – we booked him a while ago, he will be well in at the weights. He’s rated 94 and he’ll be 11 pounds better off than last year with Killians claim. Killian rode him last year so it was always in the plan that he would ride him for the Tote Rockingham again this year,” Slattery said.
“He wasn’t beaten far in the Bold Lad this year off of 94, he was third in it. I think he was probably a bit unlucky that day, there was a strong headwind that day and he was in front he probably had the blunt of it.”
The race could also be the next target for Darren Bunyan’s stable star, Hit The Bid. Hit The Bid won the Group 3 Curragh Stakes last season and returned to winning ways at Cork on Sunday when claiming the Listed Midsummer Sprint Stakes and Bunyan is so far pleased with how the three-year-old has taken that victory.
“We’ll have a look at the Rockingham and see but it is a very, very nice pot and