From Dundalk to California

Michael Donohoe | Sarah Farnsworth

By Gary King Going Global (Ire) (Mehmas Ire) made an impressive U.S. debut for trainer Phil D’Amato by taking Sunday’s GIII Sweet Life S. at Santa Anita. Formerly trained by Mick Halford in Ireland, the 3-year-old filly was purchased privately this winter in a deal structured by BBA Ireland’s Michael Donohoe and Niall Dalton. Gary King caught up with Donohoe on Monday morning to chat about the win.
GK: What attracted you to Going Global?
MD: Her first run at Limerick really caught my eye and Niall’s [Dalton]. We liked her action and when she won her maiden at Dundalk we liked the way she quickened to the line. It was a bit of a gamble buying her off a Dundalk handicap win but it paid off. It just goes to show how strong Irish race form is.

GK: Did she strike you as a California kind of horse?
MD: For sure. When I saw her in the flesh she looked the part, well made with a great hip like a lot of the Mehmas progeny. The Mehmases all seem to progress with racing which is a great trait and are sound horses. For racing in California soundness is so important.
GK: How have you found the horses-in-training market during the last few months?
MD: To be honest, it’s been pretty good. Myself and Niall working together have had a lot of success these last few months and always have people looking for Irish horses.
GK: Mehmas obviously had a terrific year with his first juveniles. Do you expect them to progress as 3-year-olds?
MD: Absolutely. Even though they have proven to be precocious they are also seriously progressive. They seem to have that will to win and are very sound. He really could be a very important stallion in years to come and is in a very good hotel in Tally Ho. So popular he has become I have only been able to secure one nomination for my clients.
GK: Before I let you go, have you identified any under the radar stallions in Europe for the upcoming breeding season? 
MD: I have been hearing and seeing very good reports from Churchill (Ire) (Galileo Ire) (€30,000 at Coolmore)’s first crop of 2-year-olds. Also, I think Shalaa (Ire) (Invincible Spirit Ire) (€15,000 at Haras de Bouquetot) will have a better 3-year-old crop after a promising start with his first runners last season.

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This story was posted in Europe, Shared News Europe, Top News Europe and tagged BBA Ireland, GIII Sweet Life S., Going Global (Ire), Ireland, Mehmas (Ire), Mick Halford, Niall Dalton, Phil D’Amato, Santa Anita Park, Tally-Ho Stud.

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