I’m off to China for a few days this week and I must say that I’m looking forward to the trip. Michael Donohoe from the BBA and I with other Irish industry people are travelling over to a big Irish sponsored day’s racing on Saturday. It is a great facility and we will be meeting up with Mr. Zhang.
A new stand has been built since I was there last year and there are plenty more improvements, I believe.
The Irish horses that went over there have done well and I’ve been very impressed with how much work has been done in a short space of time. They are great people to be involved with and the standard of racing is improving all the time.
Looking back at the action at home last week, Rehana ran well when she finished third in the Sweet Mimosa at Naas last Wednesday, but sprinting is a different game.
After she missed the Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse, we said that we’ll let her take her chance at Naas, but it didn’t work out.
We know that her best trip is seven furlongs, so we’ll freshen her up and aim her at the Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary at the end of August and I have no doubt that she’ll continue to do well for us this season.
Adiliya ran a solid race when third in what looked a good maiden at The Curragh on Saturday and she looks sure to win her median auction maiden. She loved the good ground and saw out the trip well.
Betty Loch has been very consistent and she will have her day. She finished third in her maiden at The Curragh behind a nice filly of Aidan’s and I’d say that she’d prefer a little ease in the ground. She deserves to get her head in front.
Cloudy Miss did everything right when only just touched off at Leopardstown last week – she had the race won everywhere bar the line. She has been holding her form well and she looks sure to win again. She has come out of the race in great form.
I won’t have many runners at Galway this week.
Katiymann missed the cut for the premier handicap on Tuesday and he has options of the good mile handicap on Thursday or we might wait for the premier handicap over seven on Sunday. We’ve been exercising him in a tongue tie and that might help him.
Rideonastar goes for the two mile handicap on Wednesday and he’ll handle the soft ground. He’ll appreciate the two mile trip around there as well and I just hope that he gets a bit of luck with the draw.
Port Lions will get an entry in the nursery on Saturday and we’ll see what mark he gets. He has run well in a few good maidens and that race could be a good option for him.