Despite the fact that we are into the last few weeks of the flat season, the yards remains busy and we run five at Dundalk tonight with three runners at The Curragh on Sunday.
My thoughts on them are below.
5.15 Airlift (Ronan Whelan)
He’s horse that we like and he is ready to start off. This is a very competitive median auction maiden, and unfortunately, he has a poor draw to overcome which won’t help him. But he has been working well and I’d like to think that he will learn plenty for the experience.
6.45 Sky Seven (Liam Browne)
We are taking 10lbs off him with Liam Browne who rides well. He likes the surface and he has shown good form up there in the past and hopefully, taking the weight off him, will make him competitive. He has pleased me at home this week and I am looking forward to running him.
7.15 Gougane Barra (Liam Browne)
Liam rides him too and he ran a nice race the last day and he has come on for that, so he goes there with his chance, but you’d have thought that Joseph’s filly Jumellea, which won at Navan during the week, will be hard to beat. My horse likes the surface and I am hoping for a good run from him.
7.45 Massif Central (Ronan Whelan)
He’s in super form and he ran very well in a Group 3 at Dundalk the last day and while he has a lot of weight, this looks a good race for him. I’ve been very happy with him and he has a good record at Dundalk and a mile and a quarter is a good trip for him. He has to give plenty of weight away to some good horses, so it won’t be easy for him. But in saying that he is in great form and he has been a very solid horse for us this season, who has the class.
He has shown sparks of ability and while he has a poor draw, we’ve decided to go this route with him and if he operates around here, it gives us more options with him. He has yet to win for us, but he’s in good shape and hopefully he’ll run a good race.
1.35 Slieve Bearnagh (Ronan Whelan)
He’s a nice horse and while he might not be good enough to win a maiden, he learned plenty the first day at Fairyhouse the first day and I’d imagine that he will come on again for this. He should handle the ground and we’ll learn a bit more about him on Sunday.
3.35 Sendmylovetoyou (Ronan Whelan) & Arcanears (Niall McCullagh)
We run two here and Sendmylovetoyou did it well when she won her maiden first time out at The Curragh and this is the first opportunity that I’ve had to run her since. She has only had the one run, so she lacks experience, but she’s a filly that we like and she has been working well. If she can overcome her lack of experience, I think she’ll run a very big race.
Arcanears has been very unlucky this season. He has been poorly drawn a few times and he got galloped into the last day at The Curragh. He deserves a change of fortune and he loves soft ground. He won his maiden at The Curragh and he runs off a nice mark and if he gets the breaks, he looks capable of a big run.