I was delighted with our first 2-year-old runner Vidiyni, finishing a close 4th in Dundalk on Wednesday in what looked a good maiden. He will improve for the experience and looks up to winning his maiden.
We have no runners in Cork tomorrow in the testing ground. We are back in Dundalk on Sunday when we have two runners. Given how wet the Spring has been, Dundalk is a great asset to have. I am looking forward to them replacing the surface, as it plays a huge part in the flat racing calendar now.
Our first runner is Terzetto who was no match for the impressive Could It Be Love here 3 weeks ago when finishing a never nearer second. She has improved in her work at home and should have a great chance. She is very straightforward and handles the surface. Colm O’Donoghue rides.
Our second runner is Claregate Street, now leased by The River Syndicate. She ran a solid race on ground which was too slow for her in Leopardstown recently. She ran well in Dundalk last backend on her only visit there. She has a lovely weight and I’m sure she will give Conor Hoban a good ride in this valuable Handicap. She will improve further for her run and her homework is good.
We look like having a rare runner over hurdles on Monday at Down Royal, when Ahlan Bil Zain runs in a maiden hurdle. He joined us after being purchased in the October Tattersalls Horses In Training sale from David Simcock’s yard. He has been schooling really well and he should give his owners plenty of fun for the season. Robbie Power hopefully rides.
We have 2 entries in the mile handicap in Naas on Monday also. Saltonstall ran a cracker when 2nd in the Lincoln at Naas in March, but got stuck in the atrocious ground in Cork on his next run. That race is best forgotten.
Katiymann may start his year there also. He was a great servant last year and hopefully he will have another good year ahead of him.