With the ground very heavy, I didn’t make any entries for the weekend and it came as no surprise Naas was called off earlier today. It’s been a very wet spring so far and I think everyone is frustrated with the weather and we badly need a dry spell to dry the ground out.
We bring three nice horses to Dundalk tonight and we start off with Andesh who will be ridden by Colm O’Donoghue in the rated race over seven furlongs and he worked there recently and he went very well.
I’ve been very pleased with him and he is maiden winner and he won nicely the last day and Pat Smullen liked him. I think seven furlongs is a good trip for him – he will get a mile, but he is not short of pace and I’m happy to let him take his chance in what looks a competitive race.
Colm also rides Ambassadorial, who had a very light campaign last year – he only had the one run and he had a few little niggly issues, but he has wintered well and is ready to start off and we’ll get him going in the seven furlong handicap.
He loves the surface and I am keen to get him started. He is a horse that we like a lot, but I don’t think that we’ll see the best of him until he gets a bit of sun on his back. He has a nice draw (3) and I am expecting him to run a nice race.
We’ll also run Tonkinese (drawn 1) who will be ridden by Conor Hoban in the same race and I’ve been very happy with him. He loves it around Dundalk, but he just needs things to fall right for him. If they do, he is capable of running a decent race.
Thankfully we are back racing at Dundalk for a couple of days next week and I’ll have an update on my runners for next week on Monday.
Finally, everyone here was really shocked to hear the terrible news about Pat Smullen and I would just like to say that everyone here is thinking of him and his family. I’d like to wish him and those closest to him well in the coming weeks and months.