Down Royal target for Frankly All Talk

Wednesday, May 22 2019

Frankly All Talk is one of Keith Watson’s big hopes for next season.

After an easy win in a decent novice chase at Clonmel last time out, Down Royal is on the cards for the six-year-old in November.

“Going forward into next season, the likes of Frankly All Talk we are really excited to get back – he won last time out in Clonmel,” said the County Armagh trainer’s son Marshall.

“The ground never went soft or heavy last year, and that was our only problem.

“He’ll be my big hope for the Northern Ireland Festival of Racing. We’ll (also) be aiming for the race we won on the Saturday last year with He Knows My Name (two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase).”

The stable has more immediate plans for once-raced point-to-point graduate Danjaman.

“We have a big bay six-year-old horse, Danjaman, who was second first time out in a point-to-point last weekend (in Necarne),” added Watson.

“He’s a half-brother to The Shepherd King that we had. We are looking forward to him – he shows us a bit at home.

“He will probably go for the hunter chase in Downpatrick at the weekend (Friday). We will crack on to the racecourse with him now.”

Watson admits British Art has been frustrating on occasions, finishing second four times since his last run.

“He probably threw one or two away – Punchestown springs to mind badly, and even in Sligo I think he probably shrugged the issue a wee bit,” he said.

“He’s just a tricky horse to win with.

“He’s a half-brother to a Group One horse who won the Lincoln last year (Addeybb). I would say if you could get all his ability out of him he would be a Group horse on the Flat.

“(But) he refuses sometimes to go to the gallops, and has his own strops and tantrums. This is why we run him so much, because we don’t do much with him at home.

“He’ll get a bit of a break, because the ground in Clonmel was probably too quick for him. He has been on the go a long time, so we’ll play it by ear.”

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