We run Gougane Barra in the mile handicap at 7.30 and it was great see him win 2 weeks ago for his owner Paul Rooney, who has had to be very patient with him.
He had to overcome a poor draw to win last time, but he did it well and the handicapper gave him 9lbs for that, so he will have to step up again.
Stall 14 won’t help him tonight – there isn’t much we can do about that and I’ve been happy with him this week.
Ronan (Whelan) will have to drop him in and hope the breaks come in the straight and if they do, he must have a big chance. Ronan will be riding plenty for us this year.
We start off with Isosceles in the mile maiden at 7pm and he’s a nice colt, which ran with promise on his only start 9 weeks ago at Dundalk behind Pensylvania Avenue. The second that day has come out and won since.
Our horse was quite green that night and he has improved for the experience.
Crockford, brings a good level of form into the race and he could be hard to beat.
Isosceles is a lazy worker at home, but the step up to a mile will suit him. I’d like to thank HRI for putting on this additional race as the last mile maiden was three weeks ago, and the next not for another 2 weeks. He should give Ross Coakley a good ride.
Ross works hard and he’s enjoying a good winter at Dundalk and he’s a big team player and he also rides Flamboyant Fling for us in the seven-furlong maiden.
She got balloted out last week in a fillies maiden, so she’ll line up against the colts – I’d prefer not to, but we have to let her take her chance.
She’ll appreciate the step up to seven-furlongs and she’s a filly that is strengthening up all the time. She’s a tough and genuine filly and she has come forward for her first run and
I think she’ll run a big race.