Royal Hunt Cup Confirmed For Ireland’s Moran Gra

The globetrotting Moran Gra has been confirmed as an intended runner for the ultra-competitive Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, on June 20, after making a fine return to the fray on his Irish debut at Dundalk in March. He has been rested, with a view to heading to the mile cavalry charge as fresh as possible, writes Elliot Slater.

The five-year-old rejoined his original handler, Joanna Morgan, having spent the previous year in Dubai, where he showed little for a local handler. He returned to Morgan’s care a year ago but remained in the desert kingdom where he showed flashes of his old form, much to the delight of race fans making a bet on racing on

After taking the decision to bring him back to Ireland, it appears that the change of scene has done the son of Rahy the world of good, and he made an immediate impression when proving a head too good for Banna Boriche in a seven furlong handicap on the Polytrack, this winter.

That victory came very soon after his return journey to the Emerald Isle, after which Morgan took the decision to give the horse a break, and now reports her charge to have done well for his holiday and to have returned to training in particularly good order.

A 33/1 shot to win the coveted Royal Hunt Cup, Moran Gra competed at the royal meeting as a two-year-old, and put up a fine performance in finishing fourth to the high-class Canford Cliffs in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes. In the interim, he posted his best effort when popping up at 14/1 in the Dubai Duty Free Premier Handicap on Irish Derby day at the Curragh, in June, of last year.

James Fanshawe’s Primaeval remains the general 10/1 favourite for the Hunt Cup on the back of an impressive recent win, whilst Dimension can be backed at 12/1, Captain Bertie is a 14/1 shot, and it’s 16/1 bar.

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