Rain sidelined until the autumn

Fri 6th Apr 2012, 15:25
Dancing Rain (nearside) winning the Investec Oaks under Johnny Murtagh
Dancing Rain (nearside) winning the Investec Oaks under Johnny Murtagh
(Healy Racing Photos)
Dancing Rain, winner of last season's Investec Oaks at Epsom, has suffered a setback and won't be back in action until an autumn campaign.

William Haggas' filly took two Classics last year, as she also landed the German Oaks, as well as the Pride Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day, and wrapped up her campaign when down the field behind Snow Fairy in Japan.

"She had a setback a little while ago and hopefully we're looking at an autumn campaign now," said Haggas.

Looking towards this year's Classics, punters should hold their bets on Haggas' Qipco 1000 Guineas entry Diala.

Beaten by subsequent Fillies' Mile and May Hill winner Lyric Of Light on her debut at Newmarket, the Iffraaj filly won her own maiden in emphatic style back at the Rowley Mile in October.

"She won't be seen before the Guineas, if she makes it," Haggas said. "I don't want to rush her."

Native may return at Punchestown

Go Native could make his eagerly-awaited comeback in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown later this month.