We have seven runners at Dundalk tonight and we start off with Golden Pearl in the opening five furlong handicap.
She has been running well without winning this season and we are dropping her back to five tonight – most of her runs have been over six. She was second over five up there last year and she has plenty of pace and will finish out her race well. She has a nice draw and I think she’ll run a nice race.
We have two in the mile rated race. Yamato is a course and distance winner and he has a nice draw and Ross Coakley who won an appreciative handicap on him a few weeks ago, rides him again. He ran a creditable race from a poor draw up there the last day and I’ve been pleased with him since.
Cloudy Miss has been drawn out wide again which won’t help her, but she has been running consistently well at Dundalk and assuming she can overcome her draw, she should run a big race.
Shannon Soul has won three at Dundalk, but he has been making it difficult for himself by being slowly away. He got left a bit again last Friday, but he came home well over a mile, so we are going to stretch him out a bit in the good ten furlong handicap. We know that he likes the surface and he’d have every chance if he broke well.
We run two fillies in the mile and a half maiden. Both Amuletum and Vienna Circle are well bred fillies and a winning bracket would be very important to them.
Both shape as if they will see out the trip of a mile and a half, but this looks a better race than they ran in last week. They have come out of (their race) last week in good shape and they are both honest and tough and they will handle the surface.
Circling Moon represents us in the mile and a half handicap and he ran very well when second in a charity race on soft ground at Leopardstown and we think he has a nice mark. I think he’ll handle the surface and he was placed over a mile and a half at Gowran earlier in the year for Ger Lyons and I think he’ll run a good race.
We had a good night at Dundalk last Friday when Platinum Warrior won his maiden by a wide margin over another one of ours (Pienta) that we like. That was just his third run and that will be it for the year for him. He is a very well balanced colt and he is an exciting prospect and we hope that he will develop into a stakes performer for us next season.