We’ve enjoyed a good winter at Dundalk and we bring a strong team back there tonight for its final fixture of the year and my thoughts on them are below. Hopefully we’ll end the year on a high.
I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a healthy and successful 2020. I’d like to thank my staff, who have worked tirelessly throughout the year and to all my owners, some of whom have been with me for a long time.
Good staff and loyal owners are the backbone of the yard and I’m very grateful to everyone for their hard work and continued support.
5.45 Hieroglyphic (Ronan Whelan)
She has finished second on both starts to date and a repeat of her last run would give her every chance. I’d like to win with her at two for her pedigree. She’s a lovely, uncomplicated filly and she has pleased me in her work this week and she goes there with her chance.
6.15 Balmari (Ronan Whelan)
He is a solid colt, which looks up to winning his maiden. You’d have to respect Dune of Pilat, but our horse is effective over seven and a mile and he has run two good races in defeat on his last two starts. He has come forward since his last run and he loves the surface, so he has to have a big chance.
6.45 Katiymann (Shane Foley)
He has been running consistently well all season. This looks a competitive race and we are putting a pair of cheek-pieces on him tonight, just to sharpen him up. He meets a former Group 1 winner and a former Hunt Cup winner (Gordon Lord Byron and Settle For Bay) – and that is something that you’d hardly expect at Dundalk the week before Christmas. But in saying that, our horse is working well and he should give a good account of himself.
7.15 Eye Of The Dragon (Ross Coakley)
You’d have thought that her future lies in handicaps but she is a lovely straight- forward filly. She likes the surface and she has come forward since her last run and hopefully she can build on her first start.
7.45 Simsir (Ronan Whelan)
He’s a horse we like and this will be his first start in handicap-company. He is two from two and his work on the lead up to this race has been solid and the plan is to ship him to Dubai next week. I am keen to get more experience into him before he travels to Dubai and should things go his way, he should run a big race. The draw isn’t ideal, but Ronan should be able to work it out and we are looking forward to running him.
Miss Snossyboots (Niall McCullagh)
She met with a setback earlier in the year and as a result, she missed a bit of time, but I thought she ran a nice race after a break a few weeks ago. She needed that and she has come forward since and she is a filly that we’ll campaign at Dundalk for the remainder of the season. She has won four times for us and she likes the surface and I think she is capable of running a good race here.
Sky Seven (Adam Farragher)
We are putting a pair of blinkers on him and we might let him bowl along. Adam is good value for his 7lb claim and our horse has been running well without winning. He is at home over a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half and if things go his way, he looks capable of getting into the shake up.