Yeah Dardy to tackle Idyllic Prince

The Justine Erkelens-trained Yeah Dardy and jockey Shaun O’Donnell finished second in the Belmont Newmarket (1200m). Picture: Anita McInnes

AFTER finishing second in the Belmont Newmarket (1200m) on Saturday Yeah Dardy is being set for the Idyllic Prince Stakes (1300m).

In the Newmarket Yeah Dardy, with jockey Shaun O’Donnell on board, made a late charge for the finish line but could not catch race leader Super Maxi who held on to win by about half a length.

Prior to the Newmarket Super Maxi and Yeah Dardy raced in the New Season Sprint (1000m) on Wednesday, August 8 with Yeah Dardy claiming the honours.

Yeah Dardy’s trainer Justine Erkelens of Muchea said the five-year-old was quite spooky and accident prone.

“It’s been hard to get him to settle in a race and he has tended to jump out and get on the bridle and over race,’’ she said.

In some races he has started awkwardly and then mid race become unsettled or shifted inwards or outwards and then become unbalanced.

Even when he has won a race he has often done something to injure himself.

One time she had him ready in the yard to take him to the track when he mucked around bucking and carrying on, which resulted in another  injury.

She said his three-year-old racing career had been torpedoed when he had been badly galloped on.

The injury to a heel had had even affected the frog, required a special back shoe and taken a long time to heal.

But she said he was still learning and now starting to settle better in his races and she thought he was looking for more distance and heading towards the Idyllic Prince Stakes (1300m).