Weld keen on Jaega

12 May 2018 07:07:08 EST

Dermot Weld knows that Jaega will have to step up on her debut win to land the Blue Wind Stakes (16:30) at the Curragh on Saturday afternoon, but he feels she can do just that.

The Master of Rosewell House has a close affinity with the Group Three contest, which is named after Weld's first Classic winner, Blue Wind, who won the Epsom and Irish Oaks in 1981.

The trainer has claimed the contest on four previous occasions and he's happy to send the daughter of Fastnet Rock up in class on just her second start.

She's well and we're expecting a good run.

Dermot Weld

Jaega ran out a convincing winner of a maiden at Leopardstown last month over the one-mile and two-furlong trip and, following that race, Weld was fulsome in his praise.

Her trip to the Curragh is more demanding but Weld feels 1/1 chance Jaega will run well.

"Jaega was impressive winning her maiden but this will be a much bigger test for her. However, she's well and we're expecting a good run," he said.

A field of five rivals stand in her path, with no less than three hailing from the in-form Ballydoyle string of Aidan O'Brien.

Clear Skies, Easter Lily and Bye Bye Baby will represent his yard and O'Brien feels the last-named is capable of bouncing back from an underwhelming Navan run in Listed company on her seasonal bow, having run well in a Group Three last season.

"We think Bye Bye Baby has come on a lot since her run in the Salsabil Stakes at Navan while we're hoping Easter Lily, who also ran in the Navan race, might earn some black type and it's the same story with Clear Skies," said O'Brien.

Bye Bye Baby is a 11/4 chance for the Blue Wind Stakes while the Jessica Harrington-trained I'm So Fancy, who was placed at this level and in Listed company last season, is trading at 8/1.

Jim Bolger's Panstarr, runner-up in the Group 3 Lodge Park Stud Stakes at Naas last time out, completes the line-up.

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