Paddy Twomey’s La Petite Coco is likely to make her second start of the season on British soil, with the Tipperary trainer eyeing some high-profile prizes for his stable star.
The Ruler Of The World filly made easy a 287-day absence to claim Twomey’s first Group 1 win in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last month and she looks ready to make the journey make their next assignment.
“We were very happy with her, she did what we hoped for. She finished very well, with entries in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and the Yorkshire Oaks. We’d like to think one of those would be her next launch if all goes according to plan,” Twomey said.
The four-year-old purposely returned a little later than most this season, with Twomey conspiring towards the end of the year for some of the most lucrative prizes in Europe and beyond.
The British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders’ Cup are just a few of her possible goals and more should come from her as the season progresses.
“We intentionally started her mid-season with a fall campaign in mind, she’s doing well and fresh and has run very well, I’m very happy with her.”
The Corker native is also thinking big with Pearls Galore scheduled for Sunday week’s Group Two Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh before then tackling some international targets.
“Hopefully then the Prix Rothschild, the Prix Maurice de Gheest, Matron Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Mile – that sort of thing,” he said of the Invincible Spirit daughter. “If she runs at the Curragh then hopefully it will be Group One from there for the rest of the year.”
Twomey is in red-hot form this season and after watching French Claim finish third in the recent Irish derby, he predicts “staying will be his game”, with England’s St Leger possibly in September will be on his radar.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/horse-racing/paddy-twomey-plots-big-targets-for-coco-and-co-41817148.html Paddy Twomey plans big goals for “Coco” and Co