There is a great buzz about the Dublin Racing Festival this weekend and I’m really looking forward to the action. It’s a great initiative and I plan to be there, I think anyone that has an interest in racing should try and get to Leopardstown over the two days.
I have five runners at Dundalk tonight and we have start off with two in the rated race.
Shadagann ran well the last day and wasn’t beaten that far. He has held his form well of late and while the handicapper might have a fair hold of him, a mile and a half is a good trip for him and he goes there with his chance.
Kirk’s Dancer is our other runner here and she won her maiden over course and distance and she may have been a little outclassed in what looked a good race the last day. We feel this is a more suitable race for her and she is in good form. Her work at home has been good, so I’d be expecting a good run from her.
Rummaging has taken a good drop in class and he takes his chance in the first division of the mile handicap. He is in right good form and at one stage was rated over 100. He loves Dundalk and it’s been a while since he ran in a 45-65 handicap. He is well drawn and I think he’ll run a big race.
We have Adaliya in the three year old handicap. She won her maiden at Dundalk and she is a fine big filly that likes to get on with things and be up there with the pace. She is an uncomplicated filly that goes to the sales at Goffs next week and it would be great if she could get her head in front again before she goes there.
Cockalorum is a nice colt that is ready to start off in the seven furlong maiden. He had a little setback last year and never made it to the track.
He has been working well and I’ve been happy with him at home. He is drawn out wide in 11, but that tends not be an issue in a maiden. I think he’ll run well and in time, he’ll want a bit further. He has been to Dundalk under the lights and acted well around there.
Storm Ryker has his first start back after a break in the seven furlong handicap and the plan is that he’ll be going to Singapore at some stage.
This looks a very competitive handicap, but our horse has been working nicely at home and I think he’ll be competitive. There should be loads of pace on and he’ll appreciate that, as he is a strong traveller.