I was delighted with Rehana’s performance in the Cape Verdi at Meydan last night.
Pat gave her a lovely ride and she just was beaten by a better filly on the night – we had no excuses.
Last night’s race was over a mile and we know that her best trip is seven, but she ran a solid race behind a smart filly. She has been a very consistent performer, was group 2 placed last night and she won a group 3 for us last year.
They went a good gallop and our filly had every chance in the straight, but the winner looks smart and the way she won, she’ll take plenty of beating in the Balanchine. We’ll bring Rehana home and we’ll discuss matters with Pat Downes regarding future plans in a few weeks’ time.
I’ll be back to see our 2 runners in Dundalk tonight and we start off with Shannon Soul in the mile and a quarter handicap. He travelled very well for a long way last week, but Pat felt that he just wouldn’t let himself down on the surface in the straight, as it was riding pretty quick.
I mentioned that to the stewards on the night and hopefully it won’t be as quick tonight. He has a nice weight on his back tonight and Ben Coen takes 7lbs off him. I’ve been very happy with him this week and in fairness to Pat, he looked after him when he felt that he wasn’t acting on the surface last week.
He has been in good form all week and it’s a small field tonight and that will suit him. He goes there with his chance.
I also run Luna’s Luck in the apprentice maiden. He ran a nice race in Dundalk on his debut last month and he has come on a fair bit for that.
Shamad and The Phantom Punch appear to set the standard and my horse will appreciate the trip and the surface and I think he’s capable of running a decent race.