The horses have been running well in Dundalk for the last few weeks and we run four up there tonight and we get underway with Yamato in the claimer.
He is well treated by the race conditions. Dean Curran is a good young rider and he is great value for his 10lb claim and he takes the ride. Yamato likes the surface and he is a dual course and distance winner. He has a good draw and he looks sure to run a decent race.
Blackgold Fairy is a nice filly which ran a good race on her debut at Dundalk last November. She has come forward for that outing and while she has a poor draw to overcome, she has gotten stronger since her first start and is working well. I’ve been pleased with her this week and she appears to be in very good form and assuming she can overcome her bad draw, she should run a big race in the fillies maiden.
Russian Soul has been a great servant and the small field in the mile handicap will suit. He has been dropped a couple of pounds since his last start and he has been in great form all week. He isn’t getting any younger, but he retains plenty of enthusiasm for the game and Conor Hoban knows him well. He has a nice draw and a mile seems to be a good trip for him.
La Novia has a good draw (1) in the three year old handicap. She hasn’t run since October, but she is fit and well. I’ve always felt that she’d be competitive in this grade. She has a good attitude and while she might lack a bit of experience, I think she is capable of running a decent race.
We have decided to appeal the decision of the Stewards at Dundalk last Friday night on the demotion of Port Lions in the At The Races Maiden. He won by a head but the result was changed after a long enquiry. The appeal looks likely to be held next Thursday.