It’s a busy weekend and we have 12 runners over the two days at The Curragh and we start off with Arcanears (C Hoban) on Saturday in the six furlong handicap. We’ll wait and see if a mark of 87 is fair – it is hard to know, but the handicapper liked what he did when he won his maiden and he has come forward since and this looks the logical race for him to go for.
We run Blackgold Fairy (C O’Donoghue) in the mile fillies handicap and she looks great and I’ve been very pleased with her. We tried to get some black type for her the last day at Dundalk and she ran well that day when she finished fourth to Mandelson. This will be her first run on the turf and it looks a nice race to start her back in.
Terzetto (W Buick) runs in the same race and she is a smashing filly that has had just the two runs to date and runs off a mark of 94. She is progressive and runs on grass for the first time here. We’ll learn a bit more about her after this race and long term, I’d be keen to try and get some back type for her.
On Sunday, we run Vidiyni (J Spencer) in the 6 furlong maiden and he had a lovely first run at Dundalk and he will get further in time, but the stiff six furlongs will suit him and he has been working well.
Platinum Warrior (S Foley) lines up in the Gallinule and he had a very good run the last day in the Derrinstown Derby Trial and I think the stiff mile and a quarter trip will suit him. He is well on ratings and I think he’ll give a very good account of himself.
We run two in the mile and a quarter handicap and Claregate Street (C Hoban) did it well the other day when she won at Dundalk and she deserves a crack at a good pot like this. Tirmizi (C O’Donoghue) is a horse that we like and he had a very nice first run back and we’ll take the hood off him on Sunday and he has come forward for that run. I’m looking forward to running him.
We run five in the good mile handicap. Saltonstall (W Buick) is best judged on a good run when second in the Lincoln at Naas. The ground the last day was atrocious at Cork and you can draw a line through that run. I just wouldn’t like it rattling fast for him though, so he wouldn’t mind a shower or two of rain.
I am putting a pair of blinkers on Ambassadorial (C O’Donoghue) and I was very happy with his last run at Naas and he has come on for that. Massif Central (J Spencer) has had just the one run for us and he starts back here under a big weight. We are still learning about him, but his work at home has been good and conditions will be fine for him.
Petticoat (N McCullagh) is a lightly raced filly that we’ve had kept in training and she starts back here and I’d imagine that she will improve for the run. Long term, we’ll try and get some black type for her and she is a big, scopey filly that we’ve always liked.
Katiymann (C Hoban) had a very nice first run back and he needs a strong pace to aim at. Hopefully he’ll get that and arrive on the scene late. His work at home has been very good.