Autumn aims on Shu agenda

Last Updated: 26/08/14 4:16pm

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Leading Light: Beat Shu Lewis

Leading Light: Beat Shu Lewis

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The Irish St Leger at the Curragh and the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day at Ascot are both under consideration for Shu Lewis following her excellent run in defeat last weekend.

Monica Dowdall Blake's stable star set out to make all the running in the St Leger Trial at the Curragh and stuck to her guns admirably to finish a close third behind Gold Cup hero Leading Light and talented stayer Royal Diamond.

The trainer's husband, John Blake, admits Shu Lewis is not the easiest mare to keep sound, but hopes she can take her place in one of the big staying prizes before the end of the campaign.

Blake said: "We were delighted with her and we weren't surprised she ran so well as it is the first time we've had her absolutely 100 per cent.

"We were bitterly disappointed to get pipped for second on the line, but that's racing. We actually did the same to Arctic Fire in Killarney earlier in the year, so what goes around comes around I suppose.

"She is entered in the Irish Leger and also entered in Ascot on Champions Day. The Leger is only three weeks away, so we'll have to see.

"She's a tough mare, but she does have a habit of knocking herself and we just take it day by day with her.

"The reason we're open to the Ascot race is because we think she might be better over two miles. She's won three bumpers.

"Let's just hope for a bit of luck as it would be nice to win a good prize with her."

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