We are busy at Naas on Sunday with five runners and we run two of them in the opening fillies maiden.
Colm O’Donoghue rides Kalaxana who was second on her last start in a Dundalk maiden. She has pleased us since and she is a filly that wintered very well and she has gotten good and strong.
The forecast fast ground will suit her and I’d say in time, she’ll stay a bit further, but the stiff mile at Naas should be fine for her and she appears to be in very good form.
We also run Luminist and Godolphin’s James Doyle will take the ride. She is a very straightforward filly that we like and she will improve for the experience. Naas is a nice track to start newcomers off at and we’ve been happy with her and I am looking forward to a good run from her.
Ambassadorial has had just the four starts to date and he lines up in listed Owenstown Stud Stakes and will be ridden by James Doyle. He hasn’t much experience – he has run just four times to date, but he ran well under a big weight in a handicap a few weeks ago at Dundalk. I think seven furlongs on what I hope will be fast ground should be fine for him and I am really looking forward to running him. We will make a plan for him after Sunday.
We also run Riyazan ridden by Chris Hayes in the race and it was unfortunate that he never got to race in Dubai, but he has really thrived over the last few weeks and assuming that bit of rain that is forecast stays away, he is another that will really appreciate the good ground. He has been pleasing us in his work and we can look ahead to the remainder of the campaign after Sunday.
Liberatio has been a consistent horse that has been a shade unlucky not to have managed to get his head in front to date and he runs in the seven furlong handicap. Conor Hoban rides.
He has a lovely weight on his back on Sunday and he’ll also appreciate the forecast good ground and assuming the race is run to suit him, I think he’ll run a nice race. He looks terrific and his work has been good.