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Racing: Dermot's wizard is off to Oz.


DERMOT WELD has decided against taking on the mighty Milan with Jammaal in the Mooresbridge Stakes at The Curragh tomorrow.

Instead his main runner at the meeting will be Rum Charger in the Athasi Stakes, a race he has won five times in the past 14 years.

This filly was fifth in the Chesham and would have gone close if she had not been hampered twice in the race.

However the real star of the Weld team is Vinnie Roe, who last season became the first three-year-old for 22 years to complete the Irish and French St Leger double.

He reappears in the Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown on May 22 and his main targets are the Ascot Gold Cup, a second Irish St Leger and then the Melbourne Cup.

"Vinnie Roe is the best horse I've had since Vintage Crop and he just got better and better last year," says the Rosewell House trainer.

"He has the temperament and the characteristics required for the Melbourne Cup. The first thing you need is soundness, he is also a good traveller and he has the will to win.

"He has done very well physically since last season and he is at his best on good ground or with a little ease in it."

Weld has made his name on the world stage with his globe-trotting exploits - the Belmont Stakes as well as the Melbourne Cup - and he plans more of them later in the year.

"Media Puzzle (who runs today) has the Caulfield Cup in Australia in mid October as his long-term target and before then he could be a horse for the Ebor."


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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 5, 2002
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