Bajan fighting fit for Lonsdale
Blue Bajan features amongst 20 Lonsdale Cup entries
Last Updated: August 15, 2011 2:47pm
David O'Meara is keeping his fingers crossed that the handicapper's assessment of Blue Bajan is backed up when the nine-year-old goes for the Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup at York on Saturday.
The assessor raised Blue Bajan 2lb to 113 for finishing third to Opinion Poll in the Goodwood Cup, a display O'Meara describes as a "career best".
That was the final factor in persuading O'Meara to go for the Group Two contest over two miles rather than ask him to carry a big weight in the Betfred Ebor the same day.
"He's very well and goes to York for the Lonsdale. That is a more realistic target than the Ebor," said the North Yorkshire trainer.
"We put him in the Ebor, but after he ran so well at Goodwood we thought we would go for a Group race again.
"We were delighted with his last run. It was probably a career-best performance. He's gone up to 113 so the handicapper has looked upon it as an improved performance."
Blue Bajan is one of 20 entries for the Lonsdale, the star name among them being Aidan O'Brien's Ascot Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory.