We are back with a big team for Dundalk tonight and my thoughts on our runners are below.
5.15 Sampers Seven (Ronan Whelan)
She found herself further back the last night than we wanted her to be, but in saying that she ran better than her finishing position would suggest. I am expecting an improved performance from her tonight and she is doing things right at home.
5.45 Arcanears (Ronan Whelan)
He appears to be getting sharper all the time and he ran very well the last day at Naas. He didn’t enjoy the clearest of runs at Naas and while a stiff five might suit him better, he has a good draw which is always an advantage around here. He has run well on the surface before and I am looking forward to a big run from him.
6.15 Elizabeth Way (Ronan Whelan)
I’ve been very happy with her and she has stepped forward in her work since her last run. Grandmaster Flash looks the one to beat on ratings, but our filly is in very good shape and I am expecting a big run from her. I think the step back up in trip will suit her.
6.45 Miss Snossyboots (Niall McCullagh)
She is a very reliable filly around her and she loves the surface. She had a break after Galway and she has a wide draw to contend with tonight, but her work at home has been good and she is ready to start back. She’ll be campaigned at Dundalk for the remainder of the Winter Season and I am hoping for a big run from her.
Sky Seven (Ronan Whelan)
He met with a bit of interference jumping off the last day and as a result was further back than we wanted him to be. But in saying that, he finished out his race very well and I think he’ll appreciate the step up in trip. He is well drawn and he has a good record around Dundalk and we’ll ride him with a bit more restraint tonight.
7.45 Spelga (Ronan Whelan)
He displayed a very good attitude to win the last day and that success has done his confidence the power of good. It has just taken him a while to get the hang of racing, but you can see at home what that success has done for him. The first two pulled well clear of the third the last day and he got 9lbs for that, but he looks to have every chance and I am looking forward to a big run from him.
8.15 Slieve Bearnagh (Ronan Whelan)
It will be his first time on the surface and he is a well bred horse that makes his handicap (nursery) debut tonight. We like him, and I’d imagine that he will learn plenty tonight and it would be nice to find out where we are with him.