We are back at Dundalk tonight with five runners and I’d imagine that Port Lions looks the best of the bunch in the seven furlong maiden.
He has yet to run a bad race and his rating suggests that a race of this nature should be within his compass. He is drawn out wide which won’t help, but he is in good form. We are leaving the blinkers on him and with a bit of luck in running, he should be competitive and he is a horse that deserves to win a race.
However Ship Of Dreams ran well on her only start and she has a very good draw and she could be hard to beat.
We start off with Casuist in the mile handicap and he ran a solid race up there the last day and he is at the right end of the handicap and Ben Coen rides for the first time for us tonight. Our horse has a very poor draw to contend with, but if he can overcome that, he is capable of getting competitive.
Invincible Ryker loves it around Dundalk and carries top weight in the rated race over seven furlongs. We tried him over a mile the last day and I’m hoping that seven will suit him better, but like a few of ours tonight, he has a poor draw in 12. It won’t be easy from there, but he is in very good form.
We run two in the mile and a half handicap. Shadagann came home well when fourth in what was a strongly run race before Christmas and he has a nice weight on his back. He will get the trip well and despite the fact that he’s eight now, he retains plenty of enthusiasm for the game and I’m hopeful that he’ll run a good race.
Kirk’s Dancer won her maiden well before Christmas and she seemed to appreciate the mile and a half that night. The handicapper left her alone on 70, but she is 3lbs wrong and I’m claiming off her with Killian Leonard. She appears to be improving and is well worth her place in the line-up.
Rehana will start off in a seven furlong handicap in the Dubai Carnival next Thursday and Pat Smullen will travel over to ride her. She has settled in well and was pretty fit before she left and Pat was happy with her when he rode her in a piece of work at Dundalk before Christmas.
She has been cantering away and all seems fine with her. I am travelling over there at the weekend to see her and it’s great to have her to look forward to running her next week at the Carnival.