Our horses remain in good form and I was thrilled with Playa Del Puente when he won for the second time at Dundalk on Wednesday night. He is a smashing horse and Colin Keane who rode him the other night, liked him a lot.
There is more improvement to come from him and we’ll bring him back for The Patton Stakes, a listed race on March 1st and in time, I think he could develop into a very smart horse.
Colin (Keane) rides a couple for us tonight including, Sky Seven which is one of two runners for us in the seven-furlong maiden. He ran a very promising race on his debut, when just touched off by Pennsylvania Avenue at the end of November.
He has come forward for that run and despite a poor (outside) draw, he should run a big race.
We also run Alanari in the same race and he is a nice horse which ran a solid race on his debut at Dundalk a few weeks ago. Like all of ours, he has come forward since and Ross Coakley rides him.
Earlier in the night, Colin rides Ahlan Bil Zain in the seven-furlong handicap and he has good course and distance form and he won over today’s trip at Dundalk in the middle of October. We are putting a pair of blinkers on him tonight, just to sharpen him up a little.
He has a poor draw (12) to overcome, but he seems to be in very good form at home and if he can overcome that poor draw, he has to have his chance.
Finally reflecting back on 2018, I suppose the standout moment for me had to be Platinum Warrior’s victory in the Gallinule Stakes at our home track at The Curragh. He was our 1,000th winner and it was great that my family was there and it was just a great day all round.
I was delighted to see Irishcorrsepondent, who was third in the Irish 2,000 Guineas for us earlier in the year, doing so well for his new connections in Hong Kong. He won the Hong Kong Vase over there a few weeks ago and we will continue to follow him and I have no doubt that there is more to come from him.
We have some very nice horses to look forward to next year and we head into 2019 with plenty of optimism.
Finally, I would like to wish, our owners, staff and everyone else, a Happy Christmas and New Year.