We were delighted with Ridenza winning first time out last night at Leopardstown.  We thought  plenty of her before she ran and she didn’t let us down.  I thought it was a smart performance from a filly first time out.  She looks to have a bright future.

Unfortunately after the race she was discovered to be lame and had an operation this morning on her fractured pastern.  The prognosis is good and she obviously won’t run again this season.  I think we have a lot to look forward to next year.

Moving on to the Curragh tonight, we have four runners – two colts first time out by Outstrip in the 4.40.

STRIP LIGHT (RONAN WHELAN)

Strip Light is the first this year for the CBR Syndicate, who did so well last year with the two black type horses Jasikan and Playa Del Puente.  He is a colt we like and while he would prefer better ground, I’m looking forward to getting him started.  He has shown up well in his homework.

OVERTAKE (BEN COEN (5))

We purchased Overtake at the Goresbridge/Tattersalls Breeze Up sale in May.  He is a lovely colt who again we are looking forward to getting started.  He too would probably prefer better ground.

7.15 SPELGA (RONAN WHELAN)

I was delighted to see this extra race on the card this evening.  It’s important that these calibre of horses get an opportunity to run on some of our better tracks.  Spelga was a victim of a bad draw the last day at Naas but based on his previous run at Gowran Park he can be competitive in a race of this nature.  He has been a slow learner but he seems to be getting things together at the moment.

7.50 GOUGANE BARRA (LIAM BROWNE (7))

Gougane Barra should give young Liam Browne a good ride in the Apprentice race.  I think he will be suited by the galloping track and I’m looking forward to a good run from him.

We have three runners at Cork tomorrow.

1.25 MECKLENBURG (RONAN WHELAN)

Mecklenburg is a Power colt who we are looking forward to getting started.  He is a colt we like but he will improve for the run.  He looks capable of winning his maiden on his homework.

3.10 SONAIYLA (RONAN WHELAN)

Sonaiyla will be suited by the conditions and distance, taking on fillies only.  Her last run was a good third to Ken Condon’s Crafty Madam and our own Surrounding on Derby weekend at the Curragh.  A reproduction of that run would leave her very competitive in this race.

3.45 TONKINESE (LIAM BROWNE (10))

Tonkinese gave Liam Browne a great first ride in public in Leopardstown when finishing third.  Conditions look good for him tomorrow and he looks like giving Liam a good experience again.  His recent work has been very good.