It’s the eve of the Punchestown Festival, but we are at Naas later today, with six runners on what looks a fine card. I’ll make it up to Punchestown at some stage this week and I’d like to wish everyone well as the curtain comes down on what has been an excellent national hunt season.
5.15 Sonaiyla (Ronan Whelan)
She ran very well for a long way at Leopardstown, but we felt that she didn’t get home over seven that day. I think the stiff six will be fine for her, but she appears to have a very poor draw in 23. Hopefully it won’t be too much of a disadvantage in a maiden and she seems to be in very good form. She handles an ease in the ground and if she can overcome her draw, she will hopefully run a big race.
5.50 Arcanears (Ronan Whelan)
He ran a fine race on his seasonal reappearance at Naas 36 days ago and he has come forward well for that. But he is drawn 23 of 24, which based on the two fixtures here this season, will make thing very difficult for him. Most of the winners so far this season at Naas, have had a low draw, so you’d have to have concerns over his draw. He is working well though and he likes an ease in the ground and I’m hoping for a big run from him. He’s owned and bred by Carol Roper, who has been a great supporter of ours.
6.50 Sky Seven (Ronan Whelan)
He’s a nice horse and he has his first run on the grass today. He has done really well on the all weather at Dundalk and he has been pleasing us at home and I’ve had this race in mind for him for a while. He has a nice draw and ten furlongs looks a good trip for him. I’d say he’ll handle a little ease in the ground and despite it being a very competitive race, I’d be expecting a big run from him. He has a great attitude and he has progressed and come forward with every run.
6.50 Karasi (Ross Coakley)
He’s a nice horse and he is ready to start back. He has wintered well – he can be a bit lazy at home, but he seems to be in good form and I am keen to get him back going again. He has pleased me at home and he looks sure to run a decent race.
8.20 Harzan (Ronan Whelan)
He had a very promising first run, when third in maiden here over a mile and he’ll appreciate the step up to ten furlongs. He has done very well over the winter. It looks a very competitive race, but we think he is up to winning his maiden and he is a horse that will appreciate an ease in the ground.
8.20 Shamiyan (Niall McCullagh)
He is a gorgeous, big horse that I am looking forward to getting him started. He will improve throughout the year and he is well drawn. He goes well at home and while he will be all the better for today’s experience, his work at home suggests that he should run a decent race.