It’s a busy weekend for us and we are delighted to host our Open Day here tomorrow. Hopefully the weather will be kind and we are looking forward to it and I have to say, that it is a great initiative (National Trainers Open Day) by Amber Byrne and her team at Horse Racing Ireland.

There is a registration process and our yard was booked out early, which is a great sign.

Those attending here, will see what happens here on a Saturday morning and the team at home, have been busy making sure that everything is in place for what we hope, will be a good morning.

It’s an initiative that has been well received and I know the Trainers Open Day in England goes down very well, and I hope that the crowds turn up and support the morning.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for racing fans to see the horses at home and I along with every other trainer taking part tomorrow, hope that it is a big success.

We run some nice horses at the weekend and here are my thoughts on them.



Friday Leopardstown

7.35 Miss Snossyboots (Katie O’Farrell)

She comes here in great form having won her last three starts and she was very impressive when she made all at Dundalk the last day. She takes a step up in class today, but she likes Leopardstown and the likely good ground will be fine for her. She is in very good form and we have a very good rider for her (Katie O’Farrell). She has a good draw and she gets the trip well and it’s a lovely pot to aim one at. Hopefully she’ll run a big race.

8.40 Kalanoura (Ronan Whelan)

She had a lovely first run when second at Dundalk last year and the ground was too soft for her, when fifth the last day at Limerick. We like this filly and she looks up to winning her maiden. On paper this looks a competitive race, but I’ve been very happy with her on the lead up to this race and the good ground will be in her favour.

Saturday Navan

2.30 Grufalo (Ronan Whelan)

He ran a bit keen the last day, but he learned plenty for his first run at Naas and we are dropping him back to five and I think that will help him. He has come forward for his first run and I think he’ll run a good race. Ideally, you’d like to drawn low in Navan (he is 8 of 10), but he has been pleasing us at home and I think he’ll run a solid race.

5.15 Elizabeth Way (Ronan Whelan)

She’s a filly that we like and she had just the one start last year and we been very happy with her on the lead up to this race. She is the only filly in the line and her work has been good. She’ll appreciate the good ground and the ten-furlong trip, will be fine for her. Aidan’s horse Barbados has plenty of experience and sets the standard, but our filly comes into the race in great form and I think she’ll run a good race.

Rayounpour (Niall McCullagh

He’s a nice colt which goes well. Like all of ours, I’d expect him to improve for his first run, but he is ready to start and I think he’ll appreciate conditions. He is a well bred horse that has taken a bit of time, but he ready to start and I think he’ll run a good race.

Naas Sunday

2.40 Surrounding (Ronan Whelan)

She is a very likeable filly and I’ve been very happy with her on the lead up to this race. She has a bit to find on ratings with a few of her rivals, but she ran a very good race when third to Imaging in the Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown, on ground that was on the soft side for her. She has a preference for good ground and she looks like getting that on Sunday. She has been a very consistent filly and has given her connections a lot of fun. The stiff seven furlongs at Naas should be fine for her and I am expecting a big run from her.